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Een oproep uit het verleden aan de toekomst

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. Never let yourself be diverted either by what you wish to believe, or by what you think would have beneficent social effects if it were believed. But look only, and solely, at what are the facts. That is the intellectual thing that I should wish to say.

The moral thing I should wish to say to them is very simple: I should say, love is wise, hatred is foolish. In this world which is getting more and more closely interconnected, we have to learn to tolerate each other, we have to learn to put up with the fact that some people say things that we don’t like. We can only live together in that way — and if we are to live together and not die together, we must learn a kind of charity and a kind of tolerance, which is absolutely vital to the continuation of human life on this planet.

Het morele appel is verdwenen uit onze nieuwsgaring, onze waan van de dag, onze economie, onze politiek en zelfs uit ons toekomstbeeld. Tijd dat we daar verandering in brengen en het weer actief koppelen zodat we een samenleving krijgen die verbonden is, handelt vanuit waarde. Die in plaats van angstvallig vasthouden aan wat is durft te geloven in wat zou kunnen zijn.

Hele interview van Bertrand Russell op BBC Face to Face (1959).

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