On the Pillars of Western Civilization

Western civilization, it seems to me, stands by two great heritages. One is the scientific spirit of adventure — the adventure into the unknown, an unknown which must be recognized as being unknown in order to be explored; the demand that the unanswerable mysteries of the universe remain unanswered; the attitude that all is uncertain; to summarize it — the humility of the intellect. The other great heritage is Christian ethics — the basis of action on love, the brotherhood of all men, the value of the individual — the humility of the spirit.

Richard Phillips Feynman (May 11, 1918 – February 15, 1988) A remarkable individual, theoretical physicist who worked on the Manhattan Project at Lost Alamos, irreverent prankster, artist, bestselling author, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics, member of the Rogers Commission,  Caltech Professor. (source)

His books should be required reading for any curious mind.

Originally published on The Minot Voice: January 29, 2015