Craving Complexity, Crippled by Simplicity

Majid Ali, M.D.

An Article of Views From the Pre-East Series

Bertrand Russell’s Foundation of Despair

Here is a an alternative view- a revealing quote from the British philosopher Bertrand Russell:

“That man is the product of causes which had no prevision of the end they were achieving, that his origin, his hopes and fears, his love and his beliefs, are but the outcome of accidental collocations of atoms; that no fire, no heroism, no intensity of thought and feeling, can preserve an individual life beyond the grave;  ..all the labors of the ages, all the devotion, all the inspiration,  all the noonday brightness of human genius, are destined to extinction in the vast death of the solar system, and that the whole temple of man’s achievement must inevitably be buried beneath the debris of a universe in ruins – all these things, if not quite beyond dispite, are yet so neatrly certain, that no philosophy which rejects them can hope to stand. Only within the scaffolding of these truths, only on the firm foundation of unyielding despair, can the soul’s habitation henceforth be safely built.”

The Final Form of Human Government

In 1989, the philosopher-futurist  Fukuyama assreted “With the collapse of Communism… what we may be witnessing , is the end point of mankind’s ideological evolution and the universalization of Western liberal democracy as the final form of human government.”

There was World War I, then the World War II, and now the …….  So much for the the final form of human government!

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