Re: virus: Against reason

Eva-Lise Carlstrom (
Fri, 31 Oct 1997 09:49:18 -0800 (PST)

On Fri, 31 Oct 1997, David McFadzean wrote:

> Since my worthy opponents have apparently withdrawn from the great
> faith debate I'm going to switch sides and argue against reason.


> A reasonable list of human qualities might include: Ethics,
> common sense, imagination or creativity, memory or history or
> experience, intuition and reason. The humanist tries to use
> all of these. ... The moment one quality is cut free from the others
> and given precedence over them, this imbalance will bring out the
> winner's negative aspects.
> Thus ethics in power quickly turn into a religious dictatorship.
> Common sense couldn't help but subside into pessimistic
> confusion, as if wallowing in the mud. Creativity into anarchy.
> Memory into the worst sort of monarchical dictatorship.
> Intuition into the rule of base superstition. And reason, as we
> have seen over the last half-century, into a directionless, amoral
> dictatorship of structure.
> John Ralston Saul -- The Doubter's Companion
> Agree or disagree?

This makes sense to me. Having several systems of thought allows checking
of one against the other, to avoid the errors, narrowmindedness, and
monotony of any one.