Friday, 11 January 2008


One definition: Killing the legitimate usage of the mind's application to reality by inferring that such usage implies the user of the logic is a bigot, thereby ensuring that the sanctum of that which should go unexamined remains free from the impurity of intellectual reasoning. If, however, the conclusions reached appeal to the accuser of bigotry, then he welcomes such usage, and is no doubt a champion of Reason. The infidel/bigot accusation is only brought into play when the conclusions reached are disagreeable to his static, unexamined worldview. Thus Salman Rushdie's fatwah for airing his opinions, or in a less obvious variation, GWB's "You're either with us, or you're with the terrorists."
The protectors of strangulatory systems of thought upon makind do not relinquish easily the straitjacket upon the natural liberty of the mind. As Jesus said, "I came that they might have life and might have it abundantly." The enemy of truth wishes that man may have mind stultifying obedience, and have it abundantly.


Neil Forsyth said...

A liar is someone who is, by definition, an enemy of truth. However, there is another type of person whose inability to accept criticism that casts doubt on the legitimacy of their own narrow viewpoint is a conditioned response. They are so utterly entrenched in a particular mindset that they perceive any criticism of their beliefs as much more than a possible calling-into-question of the truth-value of their beliefs, but as an attack on their very identity.

Of course, we should confront liars, especially if their lies are harmful (some lies are not worth the effort). However, we should not confront this other type of individual, unless they confront us. And if that happens, one should have something other than logic to defend oneself with. By all means, we should give logic a go. But keep our distance.

Andrew K said...

Great response, Neil. The end reminded me of lines from Nietzsche's Zarathustra:

To many men you ought not to extend your hand, but only your paw: and I should like it that your paw had claws too.