"It isn’t that if you were merely to increase the salaries of schoolteachers, you would solve the problem. The problem is endemic. It works at every level. It works in the culture of children themselves. It works in the federal, state, and local government. It works in the media. It works in the school boards and taxpayers with school bond issues. There’s not just one point of attack. And it’s very hard to imagine a serious change unless there’s a change of behavior at many levels by many different people. That involves rethinking, it involves changes in values, it involves money—not out of cynicism, but out of understanding how the real world works. It’s going to be very difficult to make this change unless, as happened with Sputnik, there’s an apparent threat to national security that requires us to learn more science."
Carl Sagan — Interview with Psychology Today
This is very true, but I don’t think we necessarily need another Sputnik to spread scientific interest and thus scientific literacy. I think if we promote a free and open internet with ease of accessibility we could be progressing on the evolution of freedom of information. If you can make information that’s easy to access, you can easily spread scientific literacy and perhaps spark interest in others. I can see the open internet being a catalyst to many more uprisings and spiritual awakening through the passage of knowledge, and I think I’m not the only one who sees that. Hence why there has been mass crackdowns on the internet community from authorities who fear they may become obsolete.
"If someone suggested the idea of public libraries now, they’d be considered insane. If you said you were going to take a little bit of money from every taxpayer, buy a whole load of books and music and games, stick them on a shelf and tell everyone, ‘These are yours to borrow and all you’ve got to do is bring them back,’ they’d be laughed out of government."
This is pretty much right on, which tells me just how loony things have become in this country. I’ not going to lie, as someone who grew up poor if there had been no public libraries I wouldn’t know shit right now.
Same here, in my neighborhood it is really one of the most important and few sources of information and availability of data. I personally think the quote “If you build it, they will come” applies so well to Public Libraries in the sense that people will of course dislike education, teachings, studies on the count that they hardly understand much of what is being taught thanks to the lack of accessible information. Make the books readily and easily attainable for the public and watch how everyone will love education. It’s all a matter of control for these idiots at congress. The last thing they would want is for minorities, immigrants, unemployed, or just the average citizen to be educated enough to spot all of their bullshit. Those sly, sly bastards.