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"Crossing the highway to the old abbey was like crossing an eon. Here in the new aluminum and glass buildings, he was a technician at a workbench where events were only phenomina to be observed with regard to their How, not questioning their Why."
Walter M. Miller, Jr.
(emphasis in original)


"If this research pans out, says Norseen, 'You can begin to manipulate what someone is thinking even before they know it.' But Norseen says he is 'agnostic' on the moral ramifications, that he's not a mad scientist - just a dedicated one. 'The ethics don't concern me,' he says, 'but they should concern someone else.' "
Douglas Pasternak


"She didn't want to know how a thing was done, but why. That can be embarrassing. You ask Why to a lot of things and you wind up very unhappy indeed, if you keep at it."
Ray Bradbury
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"Outer-space voyages were made possible by specialist-collaboration. While on earth sensitive ignorance still dreamed of being separate and "whole." "Whole"? What "whole"? A childish notion. It led to all this madness, mad religions, LSD, suicide, to crime...."

"How could the ignorant nonspecialist be strong with strength adequate to confront these technical miracles which made him a sort of uncomprehending Congo savage? By vision, by archaic inner-preliterate purity, by natural force, nobly whole? The children were setting fire to libraries. And putting on Persian trousers, letting their sideburns grow. This was their symbolic wholeness. An oligarchy of technicians, engineers, the men who ran the grand machines, infinitely more sophisticated than this automobile, would come to govern vast slums filled with bohemian adolescents, narcotized, beflowered, and 'whole.' He himself was a fragment, Mr. Sammler understood. And lucky to be that. Totality was as much beyond his powers as to make a Rolls Royce, part by part, with his own hands."
Saul Bellow


"The means by which we live have outdistanced the ends for which we live. Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men."
Martin Luther King, Jr.


"A man who becomes conscious of the responsibility he bears toward a human being who affectionately waits for him, or to an unfinished work, will never be able to throw away his life. He knows the 'why' for his existence, and will be able to bear almost any 'how'."
Viktor Frankl
The second sentence is from Nietzsche, "He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how."


"You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for You have created all things, and for Your pleasure they are and were created."
Revelation 4:11

 


Bibliography

God (forever and ever)
The Holy Bible

Ray Bradbury (1920-2012)
Fahrenheit 451 (1953)

Martin Luther King, Jr. ( )
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Walter M. Miller, Jr. (1923-1996)
A Canticle For Leibowitz (1959)

Douglas Pasternak ( )
"John Norseen --- Reading Your Mind - And Injecting Smart Thoughts"
U.S. News & World Report (January 3-10, 2000)

 
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