Tuesday, December 21, 2010

"What, then, is the meaning of it all?"........

     "What, then, is the meaning of it all?  What can we say
to dispel the mystery of existence?
     If we take everything into account - not only what the
ancients knew, but all of what we know today that they didn't
know- then I think we must frankly admit that we do not know.
     But, in admitting this, we have probably found the open
channel.
     This is not a new idea; this is the idea of the age of reason. 
This is the philosophy that guided the men who made the
democracy that we live under.  The idea that no one really
knew how to run a government led to the idea that we should
arrange a system by which new ideas could be developed,
tried out, and tossed out if necessary, with more new ideas
brought in - a trial-and-error system,  This method was a
result of the fact that science was already showing itself to
be successful venture at the end of the 18th century.  Even
then it was clear to socially minded people that the openness
of possibilities was an opportunity, and that doubt and
discussion were essential to progress into the unknown,  If we
want to solve a problem that we have never solved before we
must leave the door to the unknown ajar."

-excerpted from  What Do You Care What Other People Think
by Richard P. Feynman

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