I did not say perspectives should not be considered, merely that the greater good should usually take precedence. Please refer to my example of the early telephone system. It happened in spite of the ignorance of the people as to its necessity in the future. In fact, I dare say that most progress is made in spite of the opinions of the masses. Your average working Joe or Jane does not have the time, opportunity, or desire to keep up with all the innovations, and discoveries, and their future implications. That is why we have elected officials in our government. One, if not the, most important job they have is to plan for the future and determine what will benefit our people, our society, our country, and the world.
Our legislators seem to be only interested in what will get them re-elected by their constituents, which means catering to their very specific and sometimes very self-centered needs and wants, ignoring what will benefit the American population as a whole or even what will help advance the world’s populations. No man is an island. No country can survive and thrive if we see ourselves as islands — separate, disconnected, unrelated.