A “great thinker’s” ‘loophole’ …

The Lord Bertrand Russell was asked
(“) What advice would he like to leave
for generations to come to live by(“)
and his answer was twofold:

[“] I should like to say two things, one intellectual and one moral.

The intellectual thing I should want to say to them is this:
When you are studying any matter, or considering any philosophy,
ask yourself only what are the facts
what is the truth that the facts bear out.
Never let yourself be diverted
either by what you wish to believe,
or by what you think would have beneficent social effects if it were believed.
But look only, and solely, at what are the facts.
That is the intellectual thing that I should wish to say.

The moral thing I should wish to say to them is very simple:
I should say, love is wise, hatred is foolish.
this world which is getting more and more closely interconnected,
we have to learn to tolerate each other,
we have to learn to put up with the fact that
some people say things that we don’t like.
We can only live together in that way —
and if we are to live together and not die together,
we must learn a kind of charity
and a kind of tolerance,
which is absolutely vital to
the continuation of human life on this planet. [“]


This ‘world’ is actually getting more and more ‘disconnected’ –
including “democracy” in fact getting more and more of an
“oligopoly posing as democracy”.
“we have to learn to
(‘) tolerate destructively-hostile words, people and actions(‘)”
has increasingly ‘sadly’
but plainly
“blindly-innocent” of Bertrand
(R.I.P. and rest-his-soul, nevertheless).

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