In this first edition of Old School Sundays, I bring to you a line from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein:
“Learn from me, if not by my precepts, at least by my example, how dangerous is the acquirement of knowledge, and how much happier that man is who believes his native town to be the world, than he who aspires to become greater than his nature will allow” (31).
Back in 2003 when I first read this novel, we’d just gone to war with Middle East. Small protests erupted on campus. In some ways, that war, like many others was a fight over knowledge–who is right and who is wrong. In our day there are sweeping advances in technology, science, and medicine. The advantages seem obvious, but if we aren’t careful, like Victor Frankenstein, we could wind up creating a monster.