To fear love
Bertrand Russell’s Message to the Future
Scroll to bottom of this post to watch the video clip of this 1959 interview on BBC’s Face to Face with Bertrand Russell (1872-1970), British philosopher, mathematician, and Nobel laureate.
Transcript Excerpt …
One last question: Suppose, Lord Russell, that this film will be looked at by our descendants, like the Dead Sea scroll, in a thousand years’ time. What would you think it’s worth telling that generation about the life you’ve lived and the lessons you’ve learned from it?
I should like to say two things, one intellectual and one moral.
The intellectual thing I should want to say to them is this: When you are studying any matter, or considering any philosophy, ask yourself only what are the facts and what is the truth that the facts bear out….
The moral thing I should wish to say to them is very simple. I should say love is wise; hatred is foolish…. we must learn a kind of charity and a kind of tolerance …
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