“Man is a rational animal — so at least I have been told. Throughout a long life, I have looked diligently for evidence in favor of this statement, but so far I have not had the good fortune to come across it, though I have searched in many countries spread over three continents. On the contrary, I have seen the world plunging continually further into madness. I have seen great nations, formerly leaders of civilization, led astray by preachers of bombastic nonsense. I have seen cruelty, persecution, and superstition increasing by leaps and bounds, until we have almost reached the point where praise of rationality is held to mark a man as an old fogey regrettably surviving from a bygone age.” — Bertrand Russell
So says the Godson of John Stuart Mill, in yet another example of prescience and clarity. He wrote these lines in 1943 as the world was decending into Hell — again, as it will forever so long as humans refuse to learn their lesson: distrust your own beliefs, and if that isn’t possible, at least try not to kill for them.
Now go lift something heavy,