Sarah Vowell on the Puritans reverence for words & intellect

>> Monday, October 20, 2008

You also write about how Puritans revered words and intellect in a way that we don't anymore.
Sarah Vowell: They have their faults, but I did want to stick up for them just for that reason. What I love about the Puritans is how they were born before the Age of Reason, but they appreciated learning, thinking, reading, and thought. They're only here six years and they start building Harvard. Maybe it's just me, because I'm a writer, but there's something so great about this joy in knowing things. Why wouldn't you want to be as smart as you can? And why wouldn't you want your leaders to be as smart as they could be?

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