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 an Attorney, a former Assistant Law School Dean, Law Professor, and Virginia state court law clerk. Dean Kelsey was also the CEO of a technology company specializing in combating cyber-fraud. He is a regular commentator on legal and political issues in print, radio and on TV.
Rich graduated from George Mason law school, clerked for the Arlington Circuit Court, and later joined an AM LAW top 10 law firm practicing commercial litigation. He left the firm to be counsel and CEO to a consulting firm, rising to CEO of Turiss, LLC, a technology firm specializing in computer forensics, digital investigations, and fighting cyber-fraud through civil intel services and new technologies. Upon the sale of the company, Kelsey returned to Mason Law, where in the years before his return, he both taught at the school and served as President of the Law Alumni Association. Kelsey was the Assistant Dean for Management and Planning.
At Mason, Dean Kelsey 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. While serving the former George Mason Law, Kelsey conceived of, planned, and brought to fruition Mason’s Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property, known as CPIP.
Rich has appeared on radio, TV, and in print hundreds of times as both a legal expert and political and legal commentator. He provided the legal analysis for all stages of the Bob McDonnell trial and appeal for numerous outlets including NPR and WMAL. He writes on occasion for the American Spectator and CNSNews.com. He returned to private practice in September of 2016, and he is working on a book/expose on legal education.
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.
Rich has many opinions, and they are his own. His Twitter handle is @richkelsey.