34 THE HUMANITY OF WORDS
for man to awaken to the potentialities of his physical and humanself to recognize the relatedness of all men the unity of mankind.
Semantic devices thrive best on the open self.
Charles Morris's The Open Self calls upon man to remake himself in new design.
What is the open self?
The open self is outgoing, but receptive to change.
The closed self is the anxious self, and opposed to change.
The open self is flexibleopen-endbut growing, expanding.
The closed self is inflexibleclosed-endintolerant and anxious when caught in the grip of change.
The open self is receptive and adaptable to the fact of uniqueness. The universal acceptance of this fact is the basis for unity in a world of diversity.
The closed self is hostile to uniqueness. Anything different is suspect.
Just so, societies are open or closed; receptive or opposed to change; flexible or inflexible; respectful of uniqueness or hostile to uniqueness. For societies are made up of persons. The circular relationship between persons and institutionspolitical, religious, social, educational, etc. may be ever-expanding or viciously closed, Morris says. And, because man-made institutions endure beyond the men who have made them, the individual has a responsibility that goes far and beyond concern for the self.
Morris compares the community of scientists to the Open Society of Open Selves. The scientist makes use of all