Maybe a bit deep for a Friday, but I happened upon this quote while perusing the list of quotes I keep for e-mails and thought I’d share. I don’t recall exactly where I found it — it wasn’t at the original source — but it’s one of my favorites and I believe it applies to both motorists and bicyclists.
The only standard of performance that can sustain a free society is excellence. It is increasingly claimed, however, that excellence is at odds with democracy; increasingly we are urged to offer a dangerous embrace to mere adequacy … Our flight from excellence is profoundly philosophical. Out of well-intentioned but inept concern with quality of opportunity, we have begun to reject anything that exceeds anyone’s grasp. Some might argue that it is our right to engage in this curious flight, and so it is, the right of free men to be fools. But do we have the right as citizens in a free society to reject excellence on behalf of others who may not be so foolish?
– Dr. John Silber, president of Boston University in Harper’s magazine