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August 27, 2014 / Διαγόρας ο Μήλιος

persecution, censorship, and a narrowly cramping education…

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“There is something feeble, and a little contemptible, about a man who cannot face the perils of life without the help of comfortable myths. Almost inevitably some part of him is aware that they are myths and that he believes them only be-cause they are comforting. But he dare not face this thought, and he therefore cannot carry his own reflections to any logical conclusion. Moreover, since he is aware, however dimly, that his opinions are not rational, he becomes furious when they are disputed. He therefore adopts persecution, censorship, and a narrowly cramping education as essentials of statecraft. In so far as he is successful, he produces a population which is timid and unadventurous and incapable of progress. Authoritarian rulers have always aimed at producing such a population. They have usually succeeded, and by their success have brought their countries to ruin.”

~Bertrand Russell “Will Religious Faith Cure Our Troubles?”, Chapter 7, Part Two: Human Society in Ethics and Politics

 
From the ‘Bertrand Russel’ page on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/russellbertie
 
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