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MIT is a haven of narrow-mindedness

To the Editor:

This is the first letter I've ever written to the Tech, though this is not the first time I've felt so motivated. It is a statement of shock and dismay at the continuing dangerous narrow-mindedness that is present in what should be one of the great intellectual centers of this country, namely MIT.

How many years has it been since I've encountered on a daily basis the ugly realities of provinciality and censorship here? Every day there is some new protest of pornography, homosexuality, or some other "perversion."

I'm in favor of constructive debate, but too often the group involved wants to espouse their opinion to the exclusion of all others. They would like to censor our lives left and right in pursuit of their conceptions of utopia. Haven't they read 1984?

For God's sake (is there a god?) would all of you get it through your heads that life is not pretty and never will be. It is the gift (or burden) of the intellectual to realize this and appreciate life with all its cruelties as objectively as possible.

We must dedicate ourselves to the assimilation of all experience, good and bad. In fact, we should recognize that no matter how opinionated we may become, we must realize that truth is relative. There is neither good nor bad but thinking makes it so. The only truth we can know is honesty, that is, the accurate portrayal of reality with its good and bad.

All you high-minded radicals are denying the virtues of a rational objective intellectual existence. You can't hope to make it all right by censorship.

In the other day's Tech there was a letter from German house crying for the censorship of all World War II documentation. I am of German descent and am aware of my heritage.

I am saddened to know that my race was instrumental in the greatest horrors ever wreaked upon the modern world. Yet I can never censor this fact. We all know that he who denies his past is condemned to repeat it. And I know too that much good came from the traumas of WWII, intellectual, moral and aesthetic.

I have stated with brevity all that I wished to say. If you cannot appreciate what I am saying, that they might as well drop the bomb now and wipe this stupid slate clean.

Carl Schroeder '86->