2. The introduction of the book presents the author as an objective investigator of the guil, disillusioned by dogmatic ideology and prepared to demonstrate its dangers.
And if I want insight into morality and human nature from an ancient source, I ’ d turn to Plato and Aristotle before the Good Book.
The author presents his interpretive schemes as objective truths about human nature and the only display of humility is found in the introduction. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- For those seeking an alternative to Jordan Peterson ’ s dark vision of the world, questionable approach to truth and knowledge, and retreat to religion, they will find the answer in Bertrand Russell, whose essays on religion seem to, at times, be speaking directly to Peterson himself.
A good world needs knowledge, kindliness, and compassio; it does not need a regretful hankering after the past, or a fettering of the free intelligence by the words uttered long ago by ignorant men.
It needs hope for the future, not looking back all the time towards a past that is dead, which we trust will be far surpassed by the future that our intelligence can create.Russell wishes to replace fear, religion, and dogma with free-thinking, intelligence, ourage, knowledge, and indness.
Here ’ s Butle in another ssay, titled Can Religion Cure Our Troubles: Mankind is in mortal dange, and fear now, as in the past, is inclining men to seek refuge in God. Throughout the West there is a very general revival of religion.
And I think it is a dangerous delusion because it misleads men whose thinking might otherwise be fruitful and thus stands in the pat of a valid solution.The question involved is not concerned only with the present state of the world.
The implication that Communism and Nazism committed evils is not justification to return to religious dogma; in fact, that would just be replacing one dogmatic ideology for another.The solution is not a retreat to the Age of Faith, which was no more pleasant than living under communism; the solution is a renewal of the Enlightenment values of reason, science, umanism, and progress espoused by Russell himself. -- -Also check out these worthwhile alternatives to 12 Rules For Life: The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom by Jonathan HaidtThe Practicing Stoic: A Philosophical User 's Manual by Ward FarnsworthWhy I Am Not a Christian and Other Essays on Religion and Related Subjects by Bertrand RussellThe God Argument: The Case against Religion and for Humanism by AC Grayling