posted on May, 13 2005 @ 08:48 PM
If you live in some highly constrained society [imagine strict islamists or hyper rigid christians] They treat anything non-traditional as not
acceptable or even as heretical. They really seem to like to burn books, outlaw magazines for any number of mostly silly reasons.
If you ever saw the show 'Connections' it is amazing how piecemeal/strangely /chaotically ideas come together to make something happen. Like little
wispy threads stretching through time and space, spun together to create magic.
In a society that outlaws freethinking scientific information [books, magazines, internet access] Even for creative intelligent minds there the
ability to put together ideas to create something useful won't happen because the other bits and pieces they need aren't available.
A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse.
On the other hand a society that is centered on doing things, with little regard/worry about how they get done usually embraces anything that will get
the job done. This is, i think, what we really mean by the "pioneer spirit".
With America's retreat back into some religious dogmatic society, they will tend to reject many innovative ideas, especially those that involve free
thinking. They are trying to burn/outlaw books all over. Restricting free speech, create an intimidating [religious] police state.
Heck, the Religious right wants to replace evolution [science] with creationism or ID [religious dogma].
PS the personality thing, which i do believe is very significant, is not really my original idea. It stems from a show
They Made America
[edit on 13-5-2005 by slank]