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TNN My favourite quotes from R.J. Saul
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        “To know – that is, to have knowledge – is to instinctively understand the relationship between what you know and what you do. That seems to be one of our biggest difficulties. Our actions are only related to tiny, narrow bands of specialist information, usually based on a false idea of measurement rather than upon any knowledge – that is, understanding – of the larger picture. The result is that where a knowing woman or man would embrace doubt and advance carefully, our enormous, specialized technocratic elites are shielded by a childlike certainty. Whatever they are selling is the absolute truth. Why link childishness to certainty? Quite simply, as Cicero put it: “He who does not know history is destined to remain a child”." (Saul, 1997, The unconscious civilization: 5)

        "It is also worth noticing a curious characteristic of ideologies. They usually insist, in their justificatory argument, that humans once lived in a happy, if somewhat crude or innocent, natural state. An Eden [paradise]. By simply passing through inevitable steps proposed by whatever particular ideology is in question, we are promised that we will re-enter Eden at a higher, more sophisticated level. Paradise is the first and the last destination. The origin and the end of the human cycle. Marx promised this. The Nazis promised this. And, indeed, the market-forces ideologues promise this. Suffering is inevitable in the short or medium term, but Paradise is the next step."
(John R. Saul, 1997. The unconscious civilization: 41) 

        “The expert argues that none of this is so. He claims that his expanded language has paralleled an expanded understanding in his area. But this understanding is limited precisely to fellow experts in that area. Ten geographers who think that the world is flat will tend to reinforce each other’s errors. If they have a private dialect in which to do this, it becomes impossible for outsiders to disagree with them. Only a sailor can set them straight. The last person they want to meet is someone who, freed from the constraints of expertise, has sailed around the world. The purpose of language is communication. It has no other reason for existence. A great civilization is one in which there is a rich texture and breadth and ease to that communication. When language begins to prevent communication, that civilization has entered into serious degeneracy.” (Saul, 1991: 476)

        “The architect and the art historian each uses a dialect so distant that the lack of common systems of argument suggests they are separated from each other, to say noting of from the economist, not by dialectical difference but by different languages. And yet St. Peter’s was built by painters.” (Saul, 1991: 476)


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