“The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts.”
Could there be a more apt and damning description of Tea Party and Religious Right fanatics who would sacrifice representative democracy on the alter of absolute surety of their philosophical righteousness and intolerance of diversity of opinion? The wise live in a more complicated reality prompting greater doubts and the necessity for deeper thought.
“Religion is something left over from the infancy of our intelligence, it will fade away as we adopt reason and science as our guidelines.”
Panderbear shares Russell's sentiment regarding the primacy of fact-based logical reasoning as a basis for public policy, but is far less sanguine that the future lacking religiosity he envisioned is either imminent or inevitable.
“A wise man makes his own decisions, an ignorant man follows public opinion.”
If the Liar! Liar! blog is about anything, it is about individuals taking responsibility for questioning received wisdom, checking the facts, and forming their own opinions through fallacy-free logical reasoning. Those who are content to accept public opinion, religious dogma, or any other off-the-shelf philosophy have abdicated much of what it means to be a fully-realized human being.