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of evil to one who is striking at the root." -
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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 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