B. R.

“Men fear thought more than they fear anything else on earth — more than ruin, more even than death. Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible; thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habits; thought is anarchic and lawless, indifferent to authority, careless of the well-tried wisdom of the ages. Thought looks into the pit of hell and is not afraid. It sees man, a feeble speck, surrounded by unfathomable depths of silence; yet bears itself proudly, as unmoved as if it were lord of the universe. Thought is great and swift and free, the light of the world, and the chief glory of man.

“But if thought is to become the possession of many, not the privilege of the few, we must have done with fear. It is fear that holds men back — fear lest their cherished beliefs should prove delusions, fear lest the institutions by which they live should prove harmful, fear lest they themselves should prove less worthy of respect than they have supposed themselves to be. ‘Should the working man think freely about property? Then what will become of us, the rich? Should young men and young women think freely about sex? Then what will become of morality? Should soldiers think freely about war? Then what will become of military discipline? Away with thought! Back into the shades of prejudice, lest property, morals, and war should be endangered! Better men should be stupid, slothful, and oppressive than that their thoughts should be free. For if their thoughts were free they might not think as we do. And at all costs this disaster must be averted.’ So the opponents of thought argue in the unconscious depths of their souls. And so they act in their churches, their schools, and their universities.” – Bertrand Russell,’Why Men Fight’

Curiosi gli esempi (in grassetto). Oggi il Pensiero Unico spaccia per intangibili le idee opposte. Ma le argomentazioni rimangono valide. Sarebbe interessante capire se B.R. oggi manterrebbe salda la barra metodologica, o si lascerebbe disorientare dal fatto che il Potere ha cambiato messaggi.

3 commenti to “B. R.”

  1. Should people think freely about life and death? Then what will become of religion?

  2. quello di B.R. era un altro mondo, probabilmente oggi lui stesso sarebbe un’altra persona.
    quanto al Potere, è esso stesso un’altra cosa: entità che nessuno in particolare controlla. un blob che si autoalimenta.

    • 100 anni fa il conformismo era esemplificato bene da BR. Oggi il conformismo costringe a dire esattamente l’opposto, ossia ciò che allora pensava BR. Sarei semplicemente curioso di sapere se lui se ne accorgerebbe.

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