I think most of us do more than fail to think about young people who pass the years not challenging themselves. I think we fail to think about how many young people are tormented in less dramatic ways than Natasha Kampusch before they reach 18 or are able to escape the mistreatment.
Natascha Kampusch, trapped in a windowless room for 8 years, tapped her impressive mental resources. We feel so deeply for her, even as we think nothing of all the young people who pass the same years from age 10 to age 18 without devoting an intense effort to strengthening their minds. And all of us who are free continually miss opportunities to develop intellectually and to understand the value of freedom.
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