I read an awful lot of critical social psychology text. Despite what you might think, the experience of wading through hundreds of theoretical and provocative pages is not at all an unpleasant experience. I love every second of it. Today, I stumbled on this tiny excerpt from Jerome Lawrence's commencement speech from 1963 discovered in an article by Bonnie Strickland about the historical misuse of psychology. Enjoy.
"I am not the same person that I was yesterday, and I shall strive to be a changing, different, and still growing person tomorrow. For yesterday’s answers may not be true and perhaps even the questions will be different tomorrow. I shall be angry, passionate, enthusiastic like a child with wonder and I shall not be afraid of being foolish. I shall be a disturber of the peace and a disturber of the war. With a fusing of words and a detonation of laughter, I shall set off dynamic charges under complacency, conformity, censorship, carbon copy living. I am and shall try to continue to be a belligerent optimist to wake up each day and say “Good morning, God!” instead of “Good God, morning.” This is the age of dialogue but I shall listen as intensely as I speak. I do not believe the chronological age of a person has anything to do with the youngness in one’s heart and the newness of one’s conceptions. I shall never retire from the arena of thought, believing absolutely in the immortality of ideas. I believe in the dignity of the individual, in everyone’s right to speak, to teach, to write, to doubt, to challenge, to dissent. And, I shall stick pins in the fat balloons of pomposity and pretension, particularly in myself." -Jerome Lawrence