Howard Zinn: responsibility

“We were not born critical of existing society.

There was a moment in our lives (or a month, or a year) when certain facts appeared before us, startled us, and then caused us to question beliefs that were strongly fixed in our consciousness – embedded there by years of family prejudices, orthodox schooling, imbibing of newspapers, radio, and television.
This would seem to lead to a simple conclusion:

that we all have an enormous responsibility to bring to the attention of others information they do not have, which has the potential of causing them to rethink long-held ideas.”[23]

— Howard Zinn, 2005

23 Zinn, Howard (March 1, 2005). “Changing minds, one at a time”. The Progressive. Retrieved April 15, 2020.