Bertrand Russell’s wisdom

Should it be a criminal offence to attempt hijack wisdom imparted by the likes of Russell, Einstein, Ghandi and Confucius for use as a political smokescreen?

Or should I not worry because the acronym for “Big Society” says all that people need to know?

Mind you when you consider that most religions have corrupted the words contained in their own Holy texts to suit their earthly purposes perhaps it explains why so many people readily “buy-in” to a host of alternative philosophies and schools of thought .

Why do we choose to ignore such wisdom?
SO let me paraphrase this…if I dare…not that it is really necessary!:
If we are to survive (sustainability) in an increasingly inter-connected (complex: domain, nation, religion, industry, etc. at every level) world, we need to learn from facts (verifiable & transparent), be empathetic and work together (interdependence).
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2 Responses to Bertrand Russell’s wisdom

  1. Although I loved this short video I really must reiterate that, in historical terms, BR was onIy the latest in the line of wise-men to talk n such terms. Here are some others and a link to a previous post I originally put out in 2009: “Interdependence”

    Abraham, Buddha, Confucius, Ghandi and Jesus understood the underlying connectedness of all humanity. Their admonitions to us contain high awareness of our human interdependence. This is why they taught us not to kill, not to steal, not to molest, not to fraud, not to coerce.

    They understood that the conflict of Adversity was not for humankind. They understood that the indifference of Neutrality was not for humankind. They taught us to be our brother’s keeper. As Gandhi explains:

    “Interdependence is and ought to be as much the ideal of man as self-sufficiency. Man is a social being. Without interrelation with society he cannot realize his oneness with the universe or suppress his egotism. His social interdependence enables him to test his faith and to prove himself on the touchstone of reality. If man were so placed or could so place himself as to be absolutely above all dependence on his fellow beings he would become so proud and arrogant as to be a veritable burden and nuisance to the world. Dependence on society teaches him the lesson of humanity. That a man ought to be able to satisfy most of his essential needs himself is obvious; but it is no less obvious to me that when self-sufficiency is carried to the length of isolating oneself from society it almost amounts to sin. A man cannot become self-sufficient even in respect of all the various operations from the growing of cotton to the spinning of the yarn. He has at some stage or other to take the aid of the members of his family. And if one may take help from one’s own family, why not from one’s neighbours? Or otherwise what is the significance of the great saying, “The world is my family?”

    Read on for FD Roosevelt on Great Depression and Interdependence…

  2. Pingback: Bertrand Russell Quote from In Praise of Idleness « Read Heavily

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