On Quiet People

Toddler hiding his face

In a society where a human personality is viewed as a share of stock, the quiet person must be deemed anomalous, deviant, even pathological, because he stands as a danger to the public trust, the worldwide industry of personal identity formation. The quiet person keeps secrets, and secrets are the basis of social and personal revolution. Hold a secret in our society and one is called a conspirator or is seen as treasonous. We need information on people in order to categorize and ultimately neutralize them.

Thomas J. Cottle
Children’s Secrets (1990)


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