Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Twisting minds

The wise are instructed by reason, average minds by experience, the stupid by necessity and the brute by instinct.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero, statesman, orator and writer (106-43 BCE)

Ah, for the simple days when this schema was true. Now we have television, advertising agencies, religious zealots, war-mongering political leaders and other propagandists who twist our minds and guide our thoughts without consideration for the long term consequences of their work.

And we have education systems that allow it all to happen without protecting children--thus adults--from any of it.

Many cry out at the injustice of it. Too few ask how to change it.

The way to change it is simple, cheap and easily implemented. No one will see it unless they look in the right place.

Bill Allin
Turning It Around: Causes and Cures for Today's Epidemic Social Problems

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