Edward R. Murrow said it best,
A nation of sheep will soon have a government of wolves.Of course, this description of persons suggest that their willingness to follow without thinking; their conformance to any and all authority, compliance to all orders regardless of its aim, intention or justification.
Sheep must be led, yes, but do they think at all or do they go blindly forward, possibly over the precipice as shown above?
Aldous Huxley said,
You shall know the truth and the truth will make you mad.Could it be that many (most) simply avoid understanding because of the complimentary pain that the truth demands?
There is also then the reaction expressed as a question: "Even if/as I understand and come that much closer to this truth(es), what can I do about it the wrong or wretched discovered," in the understanding, revelations? Yes, knowledge and understanding is power but then, the action in consequence is a test and measure of power too.
Which is better; to go blindly forward, possibly to the precipice or to gain understanding--to think for yourself? Well, you must decide that...and within your capability and capacity, to consider that, finally, you are responsible for you. Again, Huxley,
I wanted to change the world, but I have found that the only thing one can be sure of changing is oneself.Is his statement or understanding true as well: Can we change ourselves, ideally for the better? Huxley once more,
I am I, and I wish I weren't.We do not have to like things about ourselves and in truth we might each find things about us a repulsive, disappointing and destructive. If/when such is discovered or realized, what then? Do we continue down this course, perhaps another path to the precipice, or do we stop, make sense out of it, and stubbornly refuse to continue such ways? If we somehow choose to stop..., can we do this by our own will,capability and capacity, our must we call from hope and help from others?
Think about it and then, try to stop such ways.