Letter to the Editor

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Letter to the Editor


Mordkowitz, Jeff, et Cetera


Some writings get lost in the fog of years. I came across the following piece of work recently and find it as relevant to the current generation as to the one it was written for. I hope you can see your way to publishing it.

From M. Kendig, A Memoir: Alfred Korzybski & His Work from Manhood of Humanity, Second Edition, pp. xxix, xxx.

He was constantly harassed by our lack of money and security in carrying on the Institute and by the anomalies of a situation in which he could not approve or accept some well-intentioned suggestions and efforts made to help us gain acceptance and support. For example: some wanted him to popularize his work, i.e. rewrite Science and Sanity for 'the man in the street', etc. Others wanted him to be less forthright in his presentations, to modify his theoretical position and so compromise with current academic and scientific orthodoxies to woo acceptance at the universities and support by the foundations. The price was too high for him to pay if it meant compromising the integrity of the discipline, and so eliminating the possibilities of demonstrating the human, scientific values of the general semantics methodology in clear-cut applications, and their eventual comparison with what was accomplished by prevailing methods. …

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