Bertrand Russell on the fear of Thought Leadership

Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth — more than ruin — more even than death. Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible, thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habit. Thought looks into the pit of hell and is not afraid. Thought is great and swift and free, the light of the world, and the chief glory of man.

Bertrand Russell, 3rd Earl Russell OM FRS was a British philosopher, logician, mathematician, historian, writer and social critic.

6 thoughts on “Bertrand Russell on the fear of Thought Leadership

  1. Thinking is unsettling to preconceived ideas, to a self-righteous mind.

    Thinking unsettles knowledge.

  2. Thought can be unsettling because it provides the opportunity to discover that whatever is current may be wrong and in binary thinking being wrong may well be a fate worse than death.

  3. If you have a different thought at the wrong time, you may be condemned and dismissed by your social crowd. Have a different thought at the right time and you will be a hero. Having the same thoughts as your social crowd makes you safe from a social perspective, but maybe not in reality.

  4. It is possible that everything that you have believed until now is based on a lie. That your whole life is based on a fallacy. Thought is the only way to discover this. Most people would prefer to live in ignorance. On the other hand there are some of us who are flexible enough to change our opinions.

  5. “That fear” and all its associated moods, are signs of unbalance between what one knows and what one can do. That Unbalance is caused by the lack of harmony inside oneself.  Thought is the way to reach the balance between oneself and how he/she interacts with the reality.

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