With truth comes power. With power comes responsibility. Responsibility is a choice. People who don’t want responsibility decide not to know the truth.
None of this is commonly known in the United States (an example which proves the point). Tragically, this is not commonly known by educators themselves, those irresponsible Americans who claim to want to help people become more knowledgeable, but really merely want to feel AS IF they are helping people become more knowledgeable.
The common argument against my position is that power corrupts. Therefore, so the argument goes, we should not be powerful, hence not have truth.
My counter-argument is another clear truth – that only with power can any GOOD be done, as well as any bad. The recent uprising in Egypt largely failed, resulting in military control of the country, not because of insufficient raw humanity on the side of the uprising but because those humans themselves lacked power – lacked the willingness to understand the world. Therefore they celebrated their meager accomplishment in Tahrir Square without winning the war. Therefore they are losing the war.
Power does not necessarily corrupt. The people of Egypt are not corrupt, although they showed that they have some power. What corrupts is not power itself but the line of actions one might take to gain and retain power. An example follows:
Two powerful men. One attains power through fear and domination, brutal murdering, ruthless manipulation. That is the method he employs and must continue to employ to sustain power.
Another attains power through capable assistance. That is the method he employs and must continue to employ to sustain power.
We have no problem granting power to things which are helpful. Consider how powerful cell phones are in today’s world, yet there is nothing corrupt about them.
Since Americans in addition to being irresponsible are irrationally cynical, their response is that humans are corrupt while cell phones, being non-human, are not. This is one of the foundations for the American support for technology.
The reason for this belief, in truth, is that capitalism makes money from selling things, and America remains the center of high technology, so largely in order to support capitalism Americans support technology.
Capitalism also provides an understanding of the nature of modern corruption. There is no such thing as a non-corrupt CEO due to what a CEO must be to attain and retain his position of power – a ruthless pursuer of maximum profit for his corporation.