Our time is rich in inventive minds, the inventions of which could facilitate our lives considerably. We are crossing the seas by power and utilize power also in order to relieve humanity from all tiring muscular work. We have learned to fly and we are able to send messages and news without any difficulty over the entire world through electric waves.
However, the production and distribution of commodities is entirely unorganized so that everybody must live in fear of being eliminated from the economic cycle, in this way suffering for the want of everything. Furthermore, people living in different countries kill each other at irregular time intervals, so that also for this reason any one who thinks about the future must live in fear and terror. This is due to the fact that the intelligence and the character of the masses are incomparably lower than the intelligence and character of the few who produce something valuable for the community.
I trust that posterity will read these statements with a feeling of proud and justified superiority.
-Albert Einstein, “Message for Posterity,” 1938
June 21, 2008 at 4:12 pm
So, in other words: not much has changed in seventy years.
(My first interpretation.)
June 22, 2008 at 12:50 am
I think you have been watching too much John Stewart lately. Do me a favor and buy The Sword in The Stone. Nice little Disney classic. Yes it’s a cartoon and yes your a grown man, but if you can still enjoy the muppets you can still enjoy Disney classic.
Just because people are slow to change dosn’t mean they don’t change. There is always hope for the hopeful.
June 22, 2008 at 5:38 am
Just finished up our second day in St. Petersburg (out of three) and today we went to Catherine’s Palace. They have pictures there that show the utter destruction that the beautiful place sustained when the Nazi’s came through. It was devastating. Most of the rooms in the palace, including the famed the Amber Room, had to be completely reconstructed because they had been burned out, and the grand staircases had the ceilings completely caved in. In one of the pillars at the St. Issacs church, you can still see the damage from bombs. Very very sad.
Anyway, hi from Russia!