I thought I would post this, seeing as this quote is very memorable.
Immediately we have comprehended the wisdom of a philosopher, we go through the streets with a feeling as if we had been recreated and had become great men; for we encounter only those who are ignorant of this wisdom, and have therefore to deliver new and unknown verdicts concerning everything. Because we now recognize a law-book we think we must also comport ourselves as judges. - Nietzsche (Human, All too Human)
I find this important to recognize, and especially when looking back at the previous philosophers in history who many like to say were wrong all the time, or missed the point (etc.)
Some judge past philosophers arrogantly. Somehow it is felt that Locke, or Descartes, or Bentham were missing something, something we deem now to be obvious. Then, likewise, as judges arrogance asserts itself. It is all of a sudden unforgivable to venerate a philosopher after an analysis of his philosophy.
How can philosophy be a part of one's life today if we cannot learn to appreciate ideas beyond their truth? A kind of propriety has emerged in the intellectual culture that suddenly, perhaps because there are those with nothing to say and offer themselves, an idea's moral and intellectual worth is reflected solely upon its truth and validity. And then one is lead to the question of these people's appreciation of the cultures in history.
What if today's culture is simply a denial of all former culture, or rather, the denial of the illusion needed to create a unity that is of a culture. We cannot have culture because we have become too proper not to let truth and validity become of primary importance. I do not think this is right but there is something more to be said of all this, that we have forgotten how to speak from our hearts, so we instead attack from the truth.