Sunday, May 14, 2017

Bertrand Russell: "In Every Walk Of Life, Independence Is Punished By Failure"

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Dear Fred,

I just stumbled on the above quotation and no sooner did I recognize myself in it than you came to mind.

My "relationship" with Russell is curious: I am a student of comparative religion while Bertrand considers religion a dragon in need of slaying:

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Russell has always impressed me as plenty smart enough to realize that "the mythic" plays a decisive - even necessary - role in the human psyche and human affairs.

But he remains relentlessly utilitarian, an unbending champion of science and rationality.

Out of Russell's one-sided psychological fragmentation (psychological dis-integration?) emerges an intellectual spotlight more focused and illuminating than traditional "balance" would (or could) be.  

Setting "the mythic" aside, Russell provides extraordinary insight - insight made more penetrating by the focus enabled by "illuminating ignorance."

And so, while a resounding majority of human beings assume that divine punishment is not only true but sacred -- Jews, Christians and Muslims are ever eager to prove their personal salvation by damning "others" -- Russell casually states "the obvious" which, like "the purloined letter," is so easily overlooked:

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Are Highly Religious People Less Compassionate?

Conservative Christians Delight In The Punishment And Pain Of Others

Punishment Rarely Reforms But Instead Tends To Reinforce Wrongdoing

All 3 Abrahamic Religions Should Be As Ashamed Of Themselves As They Are Now Self-Certain

The Age-Old Normalization Of Warfare Through Stupidity, Ego And Religion

Abrahamic Religions Must Deal With Their Own Bronze Age Atavism And Not Just Window Dress

Time For Catholicism To "Shelve" Traditions And Texts That Represent God As A Terrorist

The United States Is A Singularly Cruel, Vengeful Nation. Solitary Confinement For Kids

The Bible's Apparent Promise Of Armageddon Is Conservative Christianity's Excuse To Do Nothing

In future, when you feel the whispering doubts of "failure," introduce the more revealing doubt: "Why did my peers embrace the nation's All-American "whore of the Apocalypse" - the "bitch goddess, success." 

And who represents this yuge, rigid imago of "economic success" better than the world's premier asshole, who -- if he gets his way -- will "undo it all" and not inconceivably provoke Armageddon to avoid being "found out" as the fatuous, bloated ego he is? 

And the Christian dimwits will cheer!

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Pax tecum


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