“Imagine, just for a moment, if you went to a party of strangers and the very way in which people discussed life — love, politics, art — was surprising! And you were invited to have your own strange perspective!
So why do I enjoy — desire — this critical will?
Because it is a will to see the world differently, to shed habit and cliche and engage the world as it emerges, as something to reckon rather than something to be known, mastered, and confirmed.
Because being an individual means being different and being different means seeing the world from your own perspective — and expressing that difference.
Because life is more beautiful and exciting and lively when you don’t know what’s going to happen, when you invite questions not just about the most hallowed truth but about the least likely ones, as well — those truths you didn’t even know were truths you could question.
Oh, to be critical is to be alive, to affirm the flux of life. And what is sexier than that?”