December 9, 2014
Karl Popper Quote of the Day
I get these on Facebook. Amid my news feed stream of memes and two, five word sentence jokes, the Karl Popper quote stands out as a dense, impermeable paragraph. Most are pretty good, but yesterday's summed up a lot of my thoughts:
"We can never return to the alleged innocence and beauty of the closed society. Our dream of heaven cannot be realized on earth. Once we begin to rely upon our reason, and to use our powers of criticism, once we feel the call of personal responsibilities, and with it, the responsibility of helping to advance knowledge, we cannot return to a state of implicit submission to tribal magic. For those who have eaten of the tree of knowledge, paradise is lost. The more we try to return to the heroic age of tribalism, the more surely do we arrive at the Inquisition, at the Secret Police, and at a romanticized gangsterism. Beginning with the suppression of reason and truth, we must end with the most brutal and violent destruction of all that is human. There is no return to a harmonious state of nature. If we turn back, then we must go the whole way -- we must return to the beasts.
Okay, you can breathe out now.
Quote of the Day Posted by John Kranz at December 9, 2014 6:48 PM