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Posted by Paul R. Martin on March 11, 2002 02:31:50 UTC

This deserves repeating:

***Knowledge is not a looseleaf notebook of facts. Above all, it is a responsibility for the integrity of what we are . . . above all, what we are as ethical creatures. You can't possibly maintain that if you let other people run the world for you while you yourself continue to live out of a ragbag of morals that come from past beliefs.***

Who gets credit for this wonderful insight, you or Bronowski? Either way, thanks for sharing it.

***There are two parts to the human dilemma. One is that the end justifies the means. That pushbutton philosophy, that deliberate deafness to suffering has become the monster in the war machine. The other is the betrayal of the human spirit . . . the assertion of dogma that closes the mind and turns a nation, a civilization, into a regiment of ghosts -- obedient ghosts or tortured ghosts. And that's a crisis of choice that leaders have to face over and over again. History is here, it's now. History is people acting and living their past in the present. The intellectual commitment and the emotional commitment working together as one has made the ascent of man.***

Warm regards,

Paul

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