Saturday, October 29, 2011

She Blinded Me with Science

Ave, Maria
Science has not changed the laws of social growth or betterment. Science has not changed the nature of society, has not made history a whit easier to understand, or human nature a whit easier to reform. It has won for us a great liberty in the physical world, a liberty from superstitious fear and from disease, a freedom to use nature as a familiar servant; but it has not freed us from ourselves. It has not purged us of passion or disposed us to virtue. It has not made us less covetous or less ambitious or less self-indulgent. On the contrary, it may be suspected of having enhanced our passions by making wealth so quick to come, and so fickle to stay.

— Woodrow Wilson, A Commemorative Address, October 21, 1896

No matter what technology and science bring us, the dystopias of our future will always be of our very own, all-too-human design.

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