Something Feral

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Stand back! They're going to try Science!

With the monstrous weapons man already has, humanity is in danger of being trapped in this world by its moral adolescents. Our knowledge of science has clearly outstripped our capacity to control it. We have many men of science, but too few men of God. We have grasped the mystery of the atom and rejected the Sermon On The Mount. Man is stumbling blindly through a spiritual darkness while toying with the precarious secrets of life and death.

The world has achieved brilliance without wisdom, power without conscience. Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war than we know about peace, more about killing than we know about living. This is our twentieth century's claim to distinction and to progress.
- General Omar Bradley, November 10, 1948


MikeT said...

You have a real knack for finding good quotes. You know that?

Something Feral said...

Thanks, I do my best. :)

I actually found this gem while looking for a completely different quote, one similar in form to Einstein's thought here:

"The release of atom power has changed everything except our way of thinking... The solution to this problem lies in the heart of mankind. If only I had known, I should have become a watchmaker."