I am reminded of this quote because of an incident yesterday at the Wisconsin Tea Party rally. A 14-yr old girl got up before a microphone to explain why current spending is going to crush her. An anti-Tea Party person chanted and called that little girl a "Koch sucker." That chanter knew English words but noting like human compassion. That protester seemingly had no acquaintance with actual thought or logic. Just that there was a threat to their tribe and that threat had to be stopped.
"I do believe it already understands much English; and I am of the mind that it might be tought to speak or make signs. - Diary of Samuel Pepys 24 August 1661