„Technological progress is like an axe in the hands of a pathological criminal.“

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Albert Einstein169
theoretischer Physiker 1879 - 1955

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Albert Einstein Foto

„Our entire much-praised technological progress, and civilization generally, could be compared to an axe in the hand of a pathological criminal.“

—  Albert Einstein German-born physicist and founder of the theory of relativity 1879 - 1955

Unser ganzer gepriesener Fortschritt der Technik, überhaupt die Civilisation, ist der Axt in der Hand des pathologischen Verbrechers vergleichbar.
Letter to Heinrich Zangger (1917), as quoted in A Sense of the Mysterious: Science and the Human Spirit by Alan Lightman (2005), p. 110 http://books.google.com/books?id=-yo_gVxMs6MC&lpg=PP1&pg=PA110#v=onepage&q&f=false, and in Albert Einstein: A Biography by Albrecht Fölsing (1997), p. 399 http://books.google.com/books?id=Kmm0foYfvQAC&q=%22compared+to+an+axe%22#search_anchor
Sometimes paraphrased as "Technological progress is like an axe in the hands of a pathological criminal."
1910s

Homér Foto

„So here the twins were laid low at Aeneas' hands,
down they crashed like lofty pine trees axed.“

—  Homér, Ilias

V. 559–560 (tr. Robert Fagles).
Iliad (c. 750 BC)
Original: (el) Τοίω τὼ χείρεσσιν ὑπ' Αἰνείαο δαμέντε
καππεσέτην, ἐλάτῃσιν ἐοικότες ὑψηλῇσι.

Barack Obama Foto

„Technological progress without an equivalent progress in human institutions can doom us.“

—  Barack Obama 44th President of the United States of America 1961

Remarks by President Obama and Prime Minister Abe of Japan at Hiroshima Peace Memorial at Hiroshima Peace Memorial in Hiroshima, Japan (May 27, 2016) https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/05/27/remarks-president-obama-and-prime-minister-abe-japan-hiroshima-peace
2016
Kontext: There are many sites around the world that chronicle this war -- memorials that tell stories of courage and heroism; graves and empty camps that echo of unspeakable depravity. Yet in the image of a mushroom cloud that rose into these skies, we are most starkly reminded of humanity’s core contradiction; how the very spark that marks us as a species -- our thoughts, our imagination, our language, our tool-making, our ability to set ourselves apart from nature and bend it to our will -- those very things also give us the capacity for unmatched destruction. [... ] Science allows us to communicate across the seas and fly above the clouds; to cure disease and understand the cosmos. But those same discoveries can be turned into ever-more efficient killing machines. The wars of the modern age teach this truth. Hiroshima teaches this truth. Technological progress without an equivalent progress in human institutions can doom us. The scientific revolution that led to the splitting of an atom requires a moral revolution, as well.

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Marcus Aurelius Foto

„For they are like an ax, differing only in“

—  Marcus Aurelius, buch Selbstbetrachtungen

X, 38
Meditations (c. 121–180 AD), Book X
Kontext: In contemplating thyself never include the vessel which surrounds thee, and these instruments which are attached about it. For they are like an ax, differing only in this, that they grow to the body. For indeed there is no more use in these parts without the cause which moves and checks them than in the weaver's shuttle, and the writer's pen, and the driver's whip.

Richard Proenneke Foto
George Bernard Shaw Foto

„Criminals do not die by the hands of the law. They die by the hands of other men.“

—  George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman

#57
1900s, Maxims for Revolutionists (1903)
Quelle: Man and Superman

John Maynard Keynes Foto

„The love of money as a possession — as distinguished from the love of money as a means to the enjoyments and realities of life — will be recognised for what it is, a somewhat disgusting morbidity, one of those semi-criminal, semi-pathological propensities which one hands over with a shudder to the specialists in mental disease“

—  John Maynard Keynes, buch Essays in Persuasion

as quoted in "Keynes and the Ethics of Capitalism" by Robert Skidelsy http://www.webcitation.org/query?id=1256603608595872&url=www.geocities.com/monedem/keyn.html
Essays in Persuasion (1931), Economic Possibilities for our Grandchildren (1930)
Kontext: When the accumulation of wealth is no longer of high social importance, there will be great changes in the code of morals. We shall be able to rid ourselves of many of the pseudo-moral principles which have hag-ridden us for two hundred years, by which we have exalted some of the most distasteful of human qualities into the position of the highest virtues. We shall be able to afford to dare to assess the money-motive at its true value. The love of money as a possession — as distinguished from the love of money as a means to the enjoyments and realities of life — will be recognised for what it is, a somewhat disgusting morbidity, one of those semi-criminal, semi-pathological propensities which one hands over with a shudder to the specialists in mental disease … But beware! The time for all this is not yet. For at least another hundred years we must pretend to ourselves and to everyone that fair is foul and foul is fair; for foul is useful and fair is not. Avarice and usury and precaution must be our gods for a little longer still. For only they can lead us out of the tunnel of economic necessity into daylight.

Halldór Laxness Foto
Lewis M. Branscomb Foto

„Science has been the absolute bedrock of technological and economic progress in the United States.“

—  Lewis M. Branscomb physicist and science policy advisor 1926

Branscomb (2012) in: " Scientist Lewis M. Branscomb Gives $1 Million Gift to Found New Center for Science and Democracy at UCS http://www.ucsusa.org/news/press_release/scientist-lewis-branscomb-center-science-democracy-ucs-1385.html" at ucsusa.org/news, April 30, 2012

Vernor Vinge Foto

„The acceleration of technological progress has been the central feature of this century.“

—  Vernor Vinge American mathematician, computer scientist, and science fiction writer 1944

The Coming Technological Singularity (1993)

Arthur C. Clarke Foto
Donald J. Trump Foto

„Decades of progress made in bringing down crime are now being reversed by this Administration's rollback of criminal enforcement.“

—  Donald J. Trump 45th President of the United States of America 1946

2010s, 2016, July, 2016 Republican National Convention (21 July 2016)

Alex Salmond Foto

„Our progressive nationalism goes hand-in-hand with a commitment to internationalism.“

—  Alex Salmond Scottish National Party politician and former First Minister of Scotland 1954

'Nationalist and Internationalist', Fortnight, No. 291 (Jan., 1991), pp. 16-17.
Kontext: Membership of a supranational economic trading organisation like the EC is the antithesis of 'separation', the meaningless insult directed at the SNP by unionist parties. Membership involves obligations which cede national sovereignty for mutual benefit. Co-operation with our European partners in the functional areas--economic, trading, technical and social policies--offers an independent Scotland the chance to play a reforming part in creating a Europe of equal nations. The EC is by no means perfect and the idea of a centralised European super-state is anathema. Our view of Europe is confederal--each state proud of its national identity but willing to work and co-operate in a powerful partnership... Every member of the SNP signs a commitment to internationalism when they receive their membership card. Our progressive nationalism goes hand-in-hand with a commitment to internationalism.

Czeslaw Milosz Foto

„A man should not love the moon.
An ax should not lose weight in his hand.
His garden should smell of rotting apples
And grow a fair amount of nettles.“

—  Czeslaw Milosz Polish, poet, diplomat, prosaist, writer, and translator 1911 - 2004

"Should, Should Not" (1961), trans. Czesŀaw Miŀosz
King Popeil and Other Poems (1962)

Alan Moore Foto

„Truth is a well-known pathological liar. It invariably turns out to be Fiction wearing a fancy frock. Self-proclaimed Fiction, on the other hand, is entirely honest.“

—  Alan Moore, buch From Hell

In "Correspondence: From Hell" Alan Moore & Dave Sim, part 3, Cerebus #219, (2003)
Kontext: Truth is a well-known pathological liar. It invariably turns out to be Fiction wearing a fancy frock. Self-proclaimed Fiction, on the other hand, is entirely honest. You can tell this, because it comes right out and says, "I'm a Liar," right there on the dust jacket.

Aldous Huxley Foto

„Technological progress has merely provided us with more efficient means for going backwards.“

—  Aldous Huxley, buch Ends and Means

"Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow" in Adonis and the Alphabet (1956); later in Collected Essays (1959), p. 293
Quelle: Ends and Means

Marshall McLuhan Foto

„The criminal, like the artist, is a social explorer.“

—  Marshall McLuhan Canadian educator, philosopher, and scholar-- a professor of English literature, a literary critic, and a communicatio… 1911 - 1980

quoted in "Marshall McLuhan, Author, Dies; Declared 'Medium Is the Message'" by Alden Whitman, The New York Times, January 1, 1981
1980s

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