“The test of civilization is not the consensus, not the size of the cities, nor the crops – no but the kind of man the country turns out.”
—Ralph Waldo Emerson
“We may be likened to two scorpions in a bottle, each capable of killing the other, but only at the risk of his own life.”
—Robert Oppenheimer, Foreign Affairs, 1953
"It's a very important thing to learn to talk to people you disagree with."
"We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. When the loyal opposition dies, I think the soul of America dies with it."
—Edward R. Murrow
Robert Oppenheimer, one of the scientists who authored the atomic bomb was chastened by the human costs. He opposed the building of the "super" or hydrogen bomb, That opposition and his past associations led to a hearing that deprived him of his security clearance and working for any government agency. Yet he demonstrated courage and integrity and was later vindicated.
"As the Cold War boundaries solidified around the globe, and the moral distinctions between good and evil crystallized in the 1950s, Oppenheimer's chess diplomacy landed him in trouble with the security agencies in search of communist witches, and his testimony in the hearing cost him his security clearance, and with that his place on the world stage as a player."
Michael Shermer writing in Scientific America
For a tribute to Seeger's life and career, you might wish to read Susan Green in Critics at Large
We will be showing clips from the 2007 documentary Peter Seeger: The Power of Song
Roger Ebert says that the film is a tribute to the legendary singer and composer who thought music could be a force for good, and proved it by writing songs that have actually helped shape our times ("If I Had a Hammer" and "Turn, Turn, Turn") and popularizing "We Shall Overcome" and Woody Guthrie's unofficial national anthem, "This Land Is Your Land."
|Edward R. Murrow