For you Spiderman fans out there, you will remember this sage advice given to Peter Parker by his Uncle Ben. It was at the heart of the inner conflict Peter battled as he lived his dual life as super hero and teenage science geek.
But its roots can be traced back to Voltaire in the 17th century, and even Luke in the New Testament. The principle has lived through the ages, and we are once again reminded of it’s meaning with the current revelations surrounding the NSA’s PRISM project.
PRISM has reignited the debate over access to private information and its implications to our freedom as citizens. The reactions have run the gamut from shock and outrage, to acceptance from those who believe this has been going on, and is a part of our new reality in today’s world.