Bertrand Russell had two things he wanted to say to people of the future

And he said them in a 1959 BBC interview:

Bertrand Russel

"I should like to say two things, one intellectual and one moral.
The intellectual thing I should want to say 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…I should say love is wise, hatred is foolish. In this world which is getting more closely and 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."

source: io9


  1. The wisdom of his words increases daily in this now time that is his future.

    Thank you for posting this.

  2. Look for the truth, look at the facts, not at the discourse because it may be misleading.
    The morality you're relying upon, does it promote love or hate? Again, look at the facts, all of them, don't cherry pick.
    Using these principles, all major religions fail miserably

  3. The words he said are true more and more in today's times. There is too much hatred and too much stupidity. Hope our current World will heed his words.

  4. Your posts are always worth a look, but this one is especially rewarding.