Some perspectives of Kurt Vonnegut :
“Most of you, if not all of you, like me, feel inadequately educated. That is an ordinary feeling for a member of our species.
“One of the most brilliant human beings of all times, George Bernard Shaw said on his 75th birthday or so that at last he knew enough to become a mediocre office boy….
“Shaw, if he were alive today, would envy us the solid information that we have or can get about the nature of the universe, about time and space and matter, about our own bodies and brains, about the resources and vulnerabilities of our planet, about how all sorts of human beings actually talk and feel and live.
“This is the information revolution. We have taken it very badly so far. Information seems to be getting in the way all the time. Human beings have had to guess about almost everything for the past million years or so.
“Our most enthralling and sometimes terrifying guessers are the leading characters in our history books. I will name two of them: Aristotle and Hitler. One good guesser and one bad one.
“The masses of humanity, having no solid information to tell them otherwise, have had little choice but to believe this guesser or that one… Some of the loudest, most proudly ignorant guessing in the world is going on in Washington today. Our leaders are sick of all the solid information that has been dumped on humanity by research and scholarship and investigative reporting.
“They think that the whole country is sick of it, and they want standards, and it isn’t the gold standard. They want to put us back on the snake-oil standard.”
Kurt Vonnegut (1922-2007) – in his column entry Your Guess Is as Good as Mine, In These Times, December 12, 2005
Article publié pour la première fois le 14/04/2007