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The savage, like ourselves, feels the oppression of his impotence before the powers of Nature; but having in himself nothing that he respects more than Power, he is willing to prostrate himself before his gods, without inquiring whether they are worthy of his worship. Pathetic and very terrible is the long history of cruelty and torture, of degradation and human sacrifice, endured in the hope of placating the jealous gods. - Bertrand Russell, A Free Man's Worship (1903)

Intellectual Responsibility

Intellectual responsibility can be defined as being rational, logical and reasonable in our thinking and belief.

Given that our world view, our belief system, our philosophy, our thinking, and our ethics affect and effect everything that we do, here are some questions for the day. Is being intellectually responsible less important than being:

  • Behaviorally responsible?
  • Fiscally responsible?
  • Sexually responsible?
  • Politically responsible?
  • Legally responsible?
  • Dietary responsible?
  • Ethically responsible?
  • Morally responsible?

If we support and help foster an intellectually irresponsible belief system, is that less dangerous or harmful than promoting::

  • Unhealthy, dangerous, or contaminated food?
  • Risky activities?
  • A careless and irresponsible lifestyle?
  • Violent and body/brain destroying sports like boxing and football?
  • The manufacturing, selling and supplying faulty products like cribs, guns, and cars?
  • The manufacturing, selling and supplying harmful products like cigarettes, and cars?
  • The selling or supplying of illicit drugs?
  • Lewd material and pornography?
  • False advertizing?
  • Fake news?
  • Money scams?

To which of the above items can you answer yes?

If it were pointed out that Jesus never said anything about the above items but railed against being intellectually irresponsible by condemning hypocrisy--in its most fundamental aspect means lacking in critical thinking (see Hypocrisy Analysis)--, would you change your answers?

How can we not see that being intellectually irresponsible fosters mysticism, superstition and idolatry, and thereby human misery on a far greater scale? How can we not see that it is spiritually debilitating and paralyzing? Even a Catholic Pope seems to have somewhat understood this:

"For since it is in the very nature of man to follow the guide of reason in his actions, if his intellect sins at all his will soon follows; and thus it happens that looseness of intellectual opinion influences human actions and perverts them. Whereas, on the other hand, if men be of sound mind and take their stand on true and solid principles, there will result a vast amount of benefits for the public and private good." Pope Leo XIII

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