Charlie Chaplin said that our knowledge has made us cynical. Our cleverness, hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery we need humanity. More than cleverness we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost.
In our culture, there is a distinct dividing line between development of our intellectual abilities and science, on the one hand, and ethics and true knowledge on the other. Science and technology have developed greatly, yet in our behaviour, hardly any progress can be seen in terms of ethics. We send spacecrafts to other planets, but we cannot live in peace and harmony with one another here on Earth.
We have found ourselves in an utterly absurd situation. We don’t use the power we’ve acquired for our own benefit and for that of others, but for our own destruction.
We can control nature to a large extent, but we fail to tame ourselves. The purpose of life is not scientific progress, but an awakening of consciousness.