Monday, September 26, 2005

Dinosaurs of humankind

"He that never changes his opinions, never corrects his mistakes, will never be wiser on the morrow than he is today."
- Tyron Edwards

A person who never changes his opinions and who insists that others who change theirs are unstable or lack conviction is someone who does not learn. Such a person ignores history that shows that progress reveals a steady increase in available information and stifles the natural curiosity that caused the human species to be more sophisticated than other animals today.

This kind of person will not be able to hold back progress for long, but he can do a great deal of damage to educated and knowledgeable individuals he encounters along the way. And he may be able to hobble whole societies for decades.

We need to be able to recognize these people as human dinosaurs who, while influential, ultimately do more harm than good.

Progress may not be pretty, but it is inevitable. It's up to us to give it direction instead of letting it run unchecked.

Bill Allin
'Turning It Around: Causes and Cures for Today's Epidemic Social Problems,' striving to encourage the natural curiosity of children to remain with them through their adults lives.
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