The need to be reminded rather than instructed

Dr. Johnson used to say that ‘People need to be reminded more often than they need to be instructed.’ And that’s what every great moral teacher in history has done – reminded us of the old principles which we often choose to forget. And so it is today. We live in an age when technological advances are so rapid that even the possibility of creating artificial intelligence, with machines that are smarter than we are, is almost a reality. The frightening part about it is that moral wisdom has not kept pace with technological progress, and we wonder if we are not about to repeat the story of the sorcerer’s apprentice.
But even though we can’t do too much about the world’s mad rush to who knows where, we can ensure that wisdom guides our lives. The bible says: ‘If any of you lack wisdom let them ask of God, who gives it freely.’

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