Most societies do not take their greatest thinkers seriously, even when they claim to admire them.”
Most societies claim that they admire their greatest thinkers. How they admire them? What did they do for these great men? Just print the terrific phases about the greatest thinker in the textbook, on the newspaper, or praise them in a discourse in a public affair? Is that enough? I’d rather leave it to doubt. What they have done are just superficial things, often oral appreciation not indeed activities. As a matter of fact, greatest thinkers, the contributors of a society do not get full appreciation by the society in these days, for most people do not recognize their greatness.
Nowadays, people are more concerned with the economy than ever before. In such context, persons who earn the greatest fortune are admired by most people and are the hero or paradigm of modern society. They contribute to the prosperity of the society and inspire the followers to make efforts to get greater achievement than they did. They are the idols, appreciated by almost everyone with different age, education backgrounds, careers, and characteristics. Their events and achievements reported in the newspaper, represented on TV, documented in the books, recounted in the classroom, prized by the government, but also spread by people all over the world. They share the physical fortune with the social statues and appreciation.
People in the field of science and technology share the same treatment as the economic figures, for most people recognize the importance of science and technology. Science and technology make people live in a more efficient and comfortable life, realize many dreams of human being, and open the mysterious world to common people. Under such circumstance, scientists earn great admiration and high social statues nowadays. They are also the icons of most people.
Then when it comes to greatest thinkers, few people realize their great contribution to our society. For their in-depth thought cannot be understood, recognize and appreciated by common people, and often their great work will not have an instant outcome to the society, it is not quaint that their greatness cannot be recognized by people. For instance, Confucius’s idea not spread by most people nowadays. Most people know his name, but when be asked about his ideas, a few people can say something, then when be asked to give some comment on his ideas, few people can give you a word. In fact, his ideas exert great influence on people’s life including political, educational and economical parts. While, these influences are often neglected by people, because they cannot be seen or touched in the physical world.
Admiration of the greatest thinker in a society is a complex problem influenced by the value of the people and the society. Only when most people recognize the greatness of the great thinker and their far-reaching ideas spread widely in the society, can they get certain appreciation.