Monday, March 11, 2019

Paradise Is Obtainable

In a world populated by people who believe that through more and more information, paradise is attainable, the computer scientist is king.  But I maintain that all of this is a monumental and dangerous waste of human talent and energy.  Imagine what might be accomplished if this talent and energy were turned to philosophy, to theology, to the arts, to imaginative literature or to education?  Who knows what we could learn from such people -- perhaps why there are wars, and hunger, and homelessness and mental illness and anger.

-- Neil Postman (1931 - 2003), prominent American educator, media theorist, and cultural critic, associated with New York University for more than forty years, Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business (1985)

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