the dynamics of civilization
City of God, Science, Man
|o o o o
o o o o
o o o o
science prevent war? Science, at its most basic root, requires one's
honesty with oneself. If one wants to discover what is true, being honest
with oneself is a good start. That's what the German astronomer Johannes
Kepler did in the 1600s. He said in essence, let's be honest. Let's look
at what is real. His great discoveries were the result of it.
Kepler was not a
politician, but his honest focusing on the truth in the field of science
had apparently spilled over into politics and ended a hundred years of war
in 1648 with the greatest peace treaty of all times, the treaty of
Westphalia. When honesty was allowed into the halls of politics, it became
quickly obvious that war is to no one's advantage. Thus, they turned
the ship around, and instead of pursuing what is devastating to the other,
which is what war is all about, they committed themselves to what is of
advantage to the other, their honesty caused them to realize is to
everyone's advantage. That's how a peace was won that lasted for half a
century (a record for the time) and how a foundation for civilization was
laid, based on the respected sovereignty of nations, that stands to the
present day. Science and Kepler played a decisive role in this. We should
try this again in our time. It would be to our advantage.
Subject index page - -
Published by Cygni Communications Ltd.
North Vancouver, BC, Canada - (c) Copyright public domain - Rolf A. F.