Saturday, April 28, 2007

An Outline of Intellectual Rubbish

OMG, It's been a while since I've read something amazing like this essay: An Outline of Intellectual Rubbish. Of course there were a few things the author Bertrand Russell mentioned that I wholly disagreed with, but in general I share his opinion and feel the same about the 'human race'.
I was taken in by his first opening paragraph which reads:
"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. All this is depressing, but gloom is a useless emotion. In order to escape from it, I have been driven to study the past with more attention than I had formerly given to it, and have found, as Erasmus found, that folly is perennial and yet the human race has survived. The follies of our own times are easier to bear when they are seen against the background of past follies. In what follows I shall mix the sillinesses of our day with those of former centuries. Perhaps the result may help in seeing our own times in perspective, and as not much worse than other ages that our ancestors lived through without ultimate disaster. "
Every so often I get this overwhelming feeling that it's me myself that is the irrational, abnormal one amongst the human race because of my oversensitivity to things around me. When I read things like this I cling to them as proof that I'm not the only one that feels the way I do about the world around me...
Hmm, then again that could just mean that there are more abnormal people like myself out there.. I'll ponder about that later, right now I need food and anime =D

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