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Bertrand Russell: Psicológicamente, existen dos peligros contra los que hay que estar vigilante cuando se llega a viejo. Uno de ellos consiste en absorberse indebidamente en el pasado. No se debe vivir de memorias, lamentándonos por el buen tiempo pasado, tristes por los amigos que murieron. Nuestros pensamientos deben estar dirigidos hacia el futuro y hacia cosas en las que se pueda hacer algo. Esto no siempre es fácil; el propio pasado es un peso que va gradualmente creciendo. Es fácil pensar, para sí, que nuestras emociones solían ser más vividas de lo que son ahora, y nuestra mente más penetrante. Pero, si esto es cierto, debe olvidarse, y, si se olvida, probablemente no será cierto.
Otra cosa que se debe evitar es adherirse a la juventud con la esperanza de aspirar vigor de su vitalidad. Cuando sus hijos crezcan, querrán vivir sus propias vidas, y si usted continúa interesándose tanto por ellos como cuando eran pequeños, es muy probable que le consideren una carga, a no ser que posean una insensibilidad no corriente.
Political and social activism occupied much of Bertrand Russell‘s time for most of his life, which makes his prodigious and seminal writing on a wide range of technical and non-technical subjects all the more remarkable. Russell remained politically active almost to the end of his life, writing to and exhorting world leaders and lending his name to various causes. He was noted for saying “No one can sit at the bedside of a dying child and still believe in God“.
From the Reith Lectures, BBC 1948 -
The Beatles were so much a part of the youth movement that blossomed in the 1960s that it’s amusing to think that one of the main issues that energized the movement–peace–came to the Beatles through a 92-year-old man.As Paul McCartney explains in this clip from a January 14, 2009 interview on The View, it happened when he decided to pay a visit to philosopher Bertrand Russell. A co-founder of analytic philosophy, Russell had been a life-long social and political activist. During World War I, he was not allowed to travel freely in Britain due to his anti-war views. He lost his fellowship at Trinity College, Cambridge, and was eventually jailed for six months for supposedly interfering with British Foreign Policy. After World War II, Russell lobbied strenuously for the abolition of nuclear weapons. In the 1960s, he opposed the Vietnam War.
Like most of my generation, I was brought up on the saying: ‘Satan finds some mischief for idle hands to do.’ Being a highly virtuous child, I believed all that I was told, and acquired a conscience which has kept me working hard down to the present moment. But although my conscience has controlled my actions, my opinions have undergone a revolution. I think that there is far too much work done in the world, that immense harm is caused by the belief that work is virtuous, and that what needs to be preached in modern industrial countries is quite different from what always has been preached. Everyone knows the story of the traveler in Naples who saw twelve beggars lying in the sun (it was before the days of Mussolini), and offered a lira to the laziest of them. Eleven of them jumped up to claim it, so he gave it to the twelfth. this traveler was on the right lines. But in countries which do not enjoy Mediterranean sunshine idleness is more difficult, and a great public propaganda will be required to inaugurate it. I hope that, after reading the following pages, the leaders of the YMCA will start a campaign to induce good young men to do nothing. If so, I shall not have lived in vain.