Good Reason #4
No longer can we...

deny our "knowing" yet struggle to specialize

It's in every one of us to be wise. Find your heart, open up both your eyes.
We can all know everything without ever knowing why
It's in every one of us by and by.

—David Pomeranz

Our worst fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.

—Nelson Mandela

In this age of specialization, researchers are learning more and more about less and less. Eventually they will know everything about nothing.

In our complex society, specialization is important, yet, we must not lose sight of the dangers. Whenever we focus on one small part, we lower our control and responsibility for the whole. If scientists working on the Manhattan Project had known that together they were creating the A-bomb, would they have continued? Probably not.

We should remember these scientists as we push back the horizons on our own area in the arts and/or technology. First, we must establish a purpose for our combined efforts. Then, we need realistic methods to monitor our progress in relation to that common purpose. Next, we must be strenuous about ensuring that we stay on track. Those who hold a pie-in-the-sky idea that "George will do it" may one day awake to find that "George" in fact did something very different than he expected.

Mankind's basic instinct is to survive—personally and as a species. Only a handful of individuals actually wish others ill. When these few manage to worm their way into power positions, one of their first actions is to cut others off from knowing the truth. They do this by shouting down competing voices, perverting reports, destroying records and confusing their "enemies" or dupes about realities. What do YOU think?

In America’s mass-communications—media as well as public education—this process is now well advanced. Though it is not too late to turn this situation around, it will never be turned around by armchair critics or idle complainers who wonder aloud when their neighbors are going to "wake up." If we each choose an area of vital interest to us personally, use the resources available (public libraries alone have an astounding amount of information readily accessible) and then communicate intelligently and persistently, our republic can yet survive.

Where every man is a sharer is the direction of this ward [township] republic or of some of the higher ones, and feels that he is a participant in the government of affairs, not merely at an election one day in the year, but every day; when there shall not be a man in the State who shall not be a member of some one of its councils, great or small, he will let the heart be torn out of his body sooner than his power be wrested from him by a Caesar or a Bonaparte.
—Thomas Jefferson

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