Most creatures take the world outside as they find it and instinctively become partners with the environment. Man is the one creature who can alter himself and his surroundings, as the geologist John Hodgdon has wisely observed, yet he is perhaps the most seriously maladjusted of all living creatures. He is the one creature who is able to accumulate verifiable knowledge about himself and his environment, and yet he is the one who is habitually deluded. No other animal produces verbal monsters in his head and projects them on the world outside his head. Language is apparently a sword which cuts both ways. With its help man can conquer the unknown; with it he can grievously wound himself.

— Stuart Chase

Stuart Chase was an American economist, social theorist, and writer. His writings covered topics as diverse as general semantics and physical economy.

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