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Friday, February 24, 2012

The Day the Supreme Court Became Self Aware

On this day (February 24) in 1803, the judicial equivalent of Skynet becoming self aware occurred in the landmark case of Marbury v Madison.  This was when the Supreme Court recognized it had the power to declare a law unconstitutional. The court became aware of its own power. At that moment, the judiciary went from being the weakest, to arguably, the most powerful branch of government.

In recognition of that monumental event, I wanted to remind everyone who writes of the great power they have with their words. The power to create, destroy, inspire and define a moment in time belongs to  writers. Become self aware and use that power.

For all of the high school Lincoln-Douglas debate veterans out there, I leave you with a quote from the proponent of unlimited goods, Mortimer J. Adler, "In the case of good books, the point is not how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you."

1 comment:

  1. Excellent point!! I love this post. I shall become more self aware :-)