Thursday, May 20, 2010

Words Of The Wise

I recently read the following:

"If all mankind minus one, were of one opinion, and only one person were of the contrary opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person, than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind."
--John Stuart Mill

After thinking about this for a time, I found myself in mild disagreement, wondering if perhaps all mankind might have once been justified in silencing Adolph Hitler.

But, what do I know?

Wikipedia states: "Totalitarianism (or totalitarian rule) is a political system where the state, usually under the control of a single political person, faction, or class, recognizes no limits to its authority and strives to regulate every aspect of public and private life wherever feasible."

Therefore, I propose that a perfected form of cyber-totalitarianism ("Gort... Klatu borada nikto!) could be not only an effective law-enforcement tool but might also be the ideal ruling government.

Or is that merely foolish blather from the failing mind of an old man?

After all . . .

Which of the following two pictures best represents a hope for the future?


As I said . . .

I'm 71 years old; what do I know?

1 comment:

  1. You know a great deal, Gene. I cannot decide between the two trees; either choice would seem appropriate (as you well know).