Bertrand Russell in response to the closing question during an interview with BBC’s Face-to-Face in 1959:
What would you tell a generation living 1,000 years from now about the life you’ve lived and the lessons you’ve learned?:
“I should like to say two things, one intellectual and one moral. The intellectual thing I
should want to say is this: When you are studying any matter, or considering any
philosophy, ask yourself only what are the facts and what is the truth
that the facts bear out. Never let yourself be diverted either by what you wish to believe,
or by what you think would have beneficent social effects if it were believed. But look only, and
solely, at 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 closely and closely interconnected
we have to learn to tolerate each other, we have? to learn to put up with the fact that
some people say things that 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 a kind of charity and a kind of tolerance which is absolutely
vital to the continuation of human life on this planet.”
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