The purpose of our existence
Thursday, March 1, 2012
In our dreams, people yield themselves with perfect docility to our
molding hands. The present education conventions of intellectual and character education fade from their minds, and, unhampered by tradition, we work our own good will upon a grateful and responsive folk. We shall not try to make these people, or any of their children, into philosophers, or men of science. We have not to raise up from them authors, educators, poets or men of letters. We shall not search for great artists, painters, musicians nor lawyers, doctors, preachers, politicians, statesmen – of whom we have an ample supply. The task is simple. We will organize children and teach them in a perfect way the things their fathers and mothers are doing in an imperfect way.
John D. Rockefeller, General Education Board (1906)
We’ve been brought into a stage of non-existence – a stage with where we’re so unhappy with being human we’ll give it all up. If you really truly think that that’s the case, then give up now and switch on your television set and watch some soap or some happy comedy that’s screaming in its canned laughter and go on your merry way. However, for those who can think and understand and have a potential of humanity, go further because you can’t give it up. You must go further. This is the crucial battle.