Can the world learn wisdom?

Nicholas Maxwell (2007) Can the World Learn Wisdom?, Solidarity, Sustainability and Non-Violence, vol. 3, no. 4:

The crisis of our times is that we have science without wisdom. This is the crisis behind all the others. Population growth, the terrifyingly lethal character of modern war and terrorism, immense differences of wealth across the globe, annihilation of indigenous people, cultures and languages, impending depletion of natural resources, destruction of tropical rain forests and other natural habitats, rapid mass extinction of species, pollution of sea, earth and air, thinning of the ozone layer, above all global warming - even the aids epidemic: all these relatively recent crises have been made possible by modern science and technology. Indeed, in a perfectly reasonable sense of "cause", they have been caused by modern science and technology. We urgently need to transform academia so that the basic aim becomes to seek and promote wisdom - wisdom being the capacity to realize what is of value in life, for oneself and others, wisdom thus including knowledge and technological know-how, but much else besides.

(My publication)Posted:Mar 31 2007, 06:00 PM by NickMaxwell
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