For what all think

for what all think to be good, that, we assert, is good- he that subverts our opinion is the belief of all mankind will hardly pursuade us to believe his own either.

Nic. Eth, 10, chap ii

Our most intimate connection to the opinion of all mankind is through the language we speak. Our words are artifacts of billions of individual lives and minds. These words, our tools of thought, are in many cases older even than history, and can be traced to a time that left us nothing but root stems like “erg” or “ad” or “gno” or “len”.

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