Think … don’t just feel.
We are a country of emoters, pouring our feelings out to share with others. Listen, feelings are great. They also have a role in shaping public policy to the extent we analyze how those feelings affect conduct and thus, transform our policy and laws. Feeling, emoting, and crying … without critical thought is a terrible means of political discourse. It’s what babies do to get a response. It is not what adults do to run a republic.
You must think. Professor Robert Anthony taught me that, and his pre-law school speech on the subject nearly 21 years ago was worth my entire tuition. That’s only because I chose to listen to his advice. In society today, particularly in most colleges, we are teaching kids what to think, rather than how to think. Worse than that, now we teach them to feel, rather than think. Life and success are tied to thinking, no matter how you feel about those facts.
If you are one of majority of people who read the title of a post on Facebook or twitter and respond or re-post without reading or thinking … this is for you. Of course, if that’s true, you didn’t even get this far.
THINK … implored my former law professor. I re-published his “THINK” speech when he passed away. Legal scholars and luminaries poured in to pay their respects. Justice Scalia spoke at his memorial service. Professor Anthony left a long body of distinguished work and a resume that was a testament to his towering intellect.
It was, however, his single obsession with one word … THINK … that left an indelible mark on the thousands of lawyers he trained. You don’t need to be a lawyer to think. But to comment on law, life, policy, and the civil society, thinking is minimum requirement.
Think. Please. We all need it.
Author: Richard Kelsey
Richard Kelsey is the Editor-in-Chief of Committed Conservative.
He is a trial Attorney and author of the new book on higher education, “Of Serfs and Lords: Why College Tuition is Creating a Debtor Class”
Rich is a former Assistant Law School Dean and Law Professor. At Mason Law Kelsey conceived of, planned, and brought to fruition Mason’s Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property, known as CPIP, drawing on his expertise as a former CEO of a technology company specializing in combating cyber-fraud.
Before returning to private practice, Rich taught legal writing and analysis and an advanced litigation seminar. In 2014 he was elected by the graduating class as the faculty speaker at their graduation.
He is a regular commentator on legal and political issues in print, radio and on TV. Rich has appeared on hundreds of stations as a legal expert or political commentator. He provided the legal analysis for all stages of the Bob McDonnell trial and appeal for numerous outlets including NPR and WMAL.
Rich also writes on occasion for the American Spectator and CNSNews.com.
In his free time, Rich is part of the baseball mafia of Northern Virginia, serving on numerous boards and as a little league and travel baseball coach.
His Twitter handle is @richkelsey.