Tuesday, 11 August 2009

Thought Of The Day

Now and again societies have produced people of stature, people whose words contain so much common sense we wonder why what they said meant that the following societies never seemed to pay heed.

Whilst reading 'Watts Up With That' one of the commenters on a post made reference to the Farewell Address of Dwight Eisenhower. On reading this, one passage stood out which should be quoted on the gravestones of the passing of the present government and Britain's membership of the European Union, in particular to the climate change/global warming fraternity and Brown Economics.

"Yet, in holding scientific research and discovery in respect, as we should, we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific-technological elite......Another factor in maintaining balance involves the element of time. As we peer into society's future, we -- you and I, and our government -- must avoid the impulse to live only for today, plundering for our own ease and convenience the precious resources of tomorrow. We cannot mortgage the material assets of our grandchildren without risking the loss also of their political and spiritual heritage. We want democracy to survive for all generations to come, not to become the insolvent phantom of tomorrow."

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