Perfect Strangers: When Chelsea Handler Met Leon Wieseltier – The New York Times

Who taught these kids that every morning when they wake up the world is going to affirm them? It’s not the job of the world to affirm us. My favorite is when Americans say, “It’s just my opinion,” which really means, “I don’t have an answer to the objection you’ve just made, so I want to stop the conversation.” I feel very uncomfortable without controversy. If the stakes are high about important questions — matters of life and death or the future of the culture — it’s inevitable. You have to argue ferociously. I don’t believe that civility is a virtue in intellectual exchange. I don’t understand the cult of niceness.

Leon Wieseltier: Perfect Strangers: When Chelsea Handler Met Leon Wieseltier – The New York Times

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