The most sudden and sweeping upheaval in beliefs and values has taken place in this century. No generation in the history of human thought has seen such swift and radical inversion of ideas and ideals as in our lifetime.
What I want to talk about today is something that my confreres in the world of literature and journalism resist: the notion that ideas can become articles of fashion which are adopted with no more foundation than styles in clothing.
I, Pencil, simple though I appear to be, merit your wonder and awe, a claim I shall attempt to prove. If you can become aware of the miraculousness which I symbolize, you can help save the freedom mankind is so unhappily losing.
Science raises many important issues for society—yet none are more important than those being created by genetic engineering.
We can anticipate that recombinant DNA technology will present problems that are as pervasive and disquieting as those that have sprung from nuclear fission.
Without doubt Americans regard themselves as a free people. But how well does their society fit the prescription of freedom?
We can confound the prophets of doom by opening the vast and rich High Frontier of space for industrialization.
This, then, would be wisdom's final fruit: to be true to self, yet never to become a slave of self.
It is within the territory of refined emotions where the final battle of a regenerated, healthy, and moral society will take place.
Fellowships for promising humanists, artists, sculptors, novelists, poets, dancers, or musicians may be the money that is best-spent by the Endowments.