More from Mill

More from Mill on diversity (see Hybrids). It’s a longer quotation than usual, but it’s great. In short: diversity and mixing allow new “good things, which did not before exist.” – hybrids. It will not be denied by anybody, that originality is a valuable element in human affairs. There is always need of persons not only to discover new truths,…

Hybrids (1)

By most accounts, hybridity is a good thing.¬†Cross breeding animals and plants can result in stronger, healthier populations. John Stuart Mill argued that diversity of ideas makes us societies stronger too.¬† That mankind are not infallible; that their truths, for the most part, are only half-truths; that unity of opinion, unless resulting from the fullest and freest comparison of opposite…