"Gunther von Hagens is an envelope-pusher—an intellectual adventurer
of the type humankind occasionally needs.
Any society, however, would
fall apart if all of its citizens were such types: it simply would die
of their extreme personalities. At the same time, a society without any
envelope-pushers is just as impossible—if it were made up only of
average people it would go under as well: Wherever, at the risk of
failure, the new is not attempted, development no longer happens, only
stagnation and then decay. Progress is possible only if the traditional,
if rules, dogmas, and bureaucracy, if everything that is common,
settled, and set in stone, as important as these things usually
are, occasionally are challenged. This sometimes requires breaking
hitherto unquestioned taboos.
The breaking of taboos sometimes is the
price demanded by creativity."
Professor Franz Josef Wetz,
Gunther von Hagens' biography "Pushing the Limits" is available in the BODY WORLDS store.