Roger Waters of Pink Floyd fame presciently put it best in a 2010 interview:
“I recently came across this quote of mine 22 years ago: ‘What it comes down to for me is this: Will the technologies of communication in our culture, serve to enlighten us and help us to understand one another better, or will they deceive us and keep us apart?’ I believe this is still a supremely relevant question.”
We must clear-sighted in beginnings, for, as in their budding we discern not the danger, so in their full growth we perceive not the remedy.
— Montaigne, Essays (from In Retrospect: The Tragedy and Lessons of Vietnam by Robert McNamara, Secretary of Defense JFK/LBJ Administrations)
Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence.
You cannot be, I know, nor do I wish to see you, an inactive spectator. . . . We have too many high sounding words, and too few actions that correspond with them.
— Abigail Adams
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For pride is spiritual cancer: it eats up the very possibility of love, or contentment, or even common sense.
— C.S. Lewis