Re: Olympic piety

Ken L. Holder (
Tue, 30 Jul 1996 11:54:18 -0700

At 09:32 AM 30-07-96 -0400, Greg Burch wrote:
[big snip]
>The only way I can "reconcile" this is to be thankful that there is a cadre
>of folks -- however small in relative terms -- who have internalized the
>humanism of the Enlightenment and are pushing those ideas further. It seems
>that what will come is more of the same, i.e. that the "vanguard" will
>continue to advance at an ever-accelerating pace, pulling at least some of
>the rest of humanity behind it as matter of simple "social fluid dynamics" --
>at least for a while longer. If the rate of advance of the vanguard passes a
>certain point (like the sound barrier?), their social sphere will completely
>separate from the rest of humanity. What happens after that could get very
>weird, indeed ...

Like the man said:

Most people can't think, most of the remainder won't think, the small
fraction who do think mostly can't do it very well. The extremely tiny
fraction who think regularly, accurately, creatively, and without self-
delusion -- in the long run these are the only people who count.
-- Robert A. Heinlein, _Time Enough for Love: The Lives of Lazarus Long_.
(New York: G.P.Putnam's Sons, 1973), p. 413-414.

We few, we happy few, we who count ....

--Ken L. Holder