Bertrand Russell Message To Future Generations (1959)

Bertrand Russell Message To Future Generations (1959)

Interviewer 00:00:00.150
One last question. Suppose Lord Russel this film were to be looked at by our descendants like a Dead Sea Scroll in a thousand years time. What would you think it's worth telling that generation about the life you've lived and the lessons you've learned from it?

Lord Russel 00:00:17.670
I should like to see two things one intellectual and one moral. The intellectual thing I should want to say to them is this: When you are studying any matter or considering any philosophy. Ask yourself only what are the facts and what is the truth to the facts bear out? Never let yourself be diverted either by what you would wish to believe or by what you think could have beneficent social effects if it were believed. But, look only and surely. And what are the facts? That is the intellectual thing that I should wish to say. The moral thing I should wish to say to them is very simple. I should say love is wise. Hatred is foolish. In this world, which is getting more and more closely interconnected. We have to learn to tolerate each other. We have to learn to put up with the fact that some people see things we don't like. We can only live together in that way. And if we are to live together and not die together, we must learn the kind of charity and the kind of tolerance which is absolutely vital to the continuation of human life on this planet.

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