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Tuesday, January 9. 2018
I am looking for some good pithy quotes related to the topic of how a world ruled by logic and pure reason would be a terrible nightmare of a world for humanity.
Give me a hand, gentle readers, if you can.
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The ultimate language of madness is that of reason. (Foucault 1961/1988, 95). In short, under the chaotic and manifest delirium reigns the order of a secret delirium. In this second delirium, which is, in a sense, pure reason, reason delivered of all the external tinsel of dementia, is located the paradoxical truth of madness.
“Human reason, in one sphere of its cognition, is called upon to consider questions, which it cannot decline, as they are presented by its own nature, but which it cannot answer, as they transcend every faculty of the mind.”
Immanuel Kant “Critique Of Pure Reason”
probably not what you wanted, but will go look for more....
"Immanuel Kant - The Destroyer of the Modern World" --Ayn Rand
“A madman is not someone who has lost his reason but someone who has lost everything but his reason”
― G.K. Chesterton
“We're so self-important. So arrogant. Everybody's going to save something now. Save the trees, save the bees, save the whales, save the snails. And the supreme arrogance? Save the planet! Are these people kidding? Save the planet? We don't even know how to take care of ourselves; we haven't learned how to care for one another. We're gonna save the fuckin' planet? . . . And, by the way, there's nothing wrong with the planet in the first place. The planet is fine. The people are fucked! Compared with the people, the planet is doin' great. It's been here over four billion years . . . The planet isn't goin' anywhere, folks. We are! We're goin' away. Pack your shit, we're goin' away. And we won't leave much of a trace. Thank God for that. Nothing left. Maybe a little Styrofoam. The planet will be here, and we'll be gone. Another failed mutation; another closed-end biological mistake.”
― George Carlin HA
I would still prefer a world "ruled by logic and pure reason" rather than a world ruled by irrationality and stupidity...
Check here: http://faculty.msb.edu/hasnasj/GTWebSite/MythFinalDraft.pdf
This passage explains how logic and reason aren't enough to guide any one but instead bloats themselves into thinking that they are always right.
"Knowledge makes people arrogant, but love builds them up. 1 Corinthians 8:1 GWT
"A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of small minds" - Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Self Reliance"
While I've often heard that spoken, I've always thought
"God is in the details."
- M. van der Rohe
Reason is, and ought only to be the slave of the passions, and can never pretend to any other office than to serve and obey them. -- David Hume
"Logic is a wreath of pretty flowers ... which smell bad!" - Spock
Don't lie.Try not to hurt anyone.Work hard.
I think Eric Clapton.
“We should take care not to make the intellect our god; it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality.” -- Albert Einstein
When you see someone who demands the world be ruled by logic, just tell them, "I lie about everything".
Then stand back.
"I should sooner live in a society governed by the first two thousand names in the Boston telephone directory than in a society governed by the two thousand faculty members of Harvard University."
Be sure to read Walt Whitman’s poem “When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer.”
"The real hell of life is that everyone has his reasons." - Jean Renoir
If you will not have a republic of letters, you will suffer a dominion of numbers. Jason Peters.
Show me a good-looking woman, I don't care how pretty she is, and I will show you a man that is tired of bonking her.
What an inspiring collection of quotes! I enjoyed them all. This is a great blog! With a wonderful group of both authors and readers.
I don't have a quote to offer, but a thought. Reason and emotion are an example of yin and yang. We need both. We need balance. "Nothing in excess." (ancient Greek maxim) The Golden Mean. If we emphasize either reason or emotion too much, to the exclusion of the other, we end up somewhere that we don't want to be.
Lately I have been wondering if we are trending too far in the direction of less reason and more emotion. Recent essays on this subject:
American Interest 1/08/18
An Emotional America
Wall Street Journal 12/08/17
Lorde of the Flies: Why College Students Reject Reason
I cannot remember where I first noticed those articles. Might have been here on Maggie's Farm.
"The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane"- Marcus Aurelius
Spock: [after T'Pring has explained her actions] Logical. Flawlessly logical.
T'Pring: I am honored.
Spock: Stonn, she is yours. After a time, you may find that having is not so pleasing a thing after all as wanting. It is not logical, but it is often true.
https://www.amazon.com/Voltaires-Bastards-Dictatorship-Reason-West/dp/1476718962. Might be worth a look. It's on my bookshelf, waiting.
John Dickinson - Constitutional Convention, 1787.
"Experience must be our guide. Reason may mislead us."
I went looking in my links but could not find it. Perhaps it was in Star Slate Codex. I read an article last year about persons with neurological damage/disorder, that prevented them from understanding emotional content. When that happened, they did not become super-logical, but rather the reverse. They became unable to understand statements of simple reason either.