Posted 08 November 2011 - 03:49 PM
way longer than i should have lasted with that squad
Education on the value of free speech and the other freedoms reserved by the Bill of Rights, about what happens when you dont have them, and about how to exercise and protect them, should be an essential prerequisite for being an American citizenor indeed a citizen of any nation, the more so to the degree that such rights remain unprotected. If we cant think for ourselves, if were unwilling to question authority, then were just putty in the hands of those in power. But if the citizens are educated and form their own opinions, then those in power work for us. In every country, we should be teaching our children the scientific method and the reasons for a Bill of Rights. With it comes a certain decency, humility and community spirit. In the demon-haunted world that we inhabit by virtue of being human, this may be all that stands between us and the enveloping darkness.
- Carl Sagan