Sir Arnold Henry Moore Lunn was a skier, mountaineer and writer. He was knighted for “services to British Skiing and Anglo-Swiss relations” in 1952. Wikipedia
Born: April 18, 1888, Chennai, India
Died: June 2, 1974, London, United Kingdom
Books: The revolt against reason, Spanish rehearsal, MORE
Education: Balliol College, Harrow School
Organizations founded: Kandahar Ski Club, Alpine Ski Club, Oxford University Mountaineering Club
It is a marvelous quote – not much more to say. I only wish that more of us had the self-knowledge to appreciate and contain such a measure of humility and a modicum of appropriate shame when faced with all of the many Philistines waiting in the mirror to greet us every morning with yet more contemptible ignorance on a vast range of subjects.
And, BTW, thanks for a thoughtful meditation on “Extremism in…”; very much the kind of critical engagement with ideas that we need in extreme measure during these often too-interesting times.