Posted by ampontan on Friday, November 30, 2007
ANDREW BOLT, columnist and blogger for the Herald Sun newspaper of Australia, reports in his blog on a Chilean politician who says that Japan’s claim that it hunts whales for scientific reasons is comparable to the medical research the Nazis conducted on humans.
Former Czech Republic President Vaclav Havel asserted in 1992, “The era of absolutist reason is drawing to a close. It is high time to draw conclusions from that fact.”
Mr. Havel thought this was a positive development. I rather think it would mean the return of the Dark Ages. Putting that discussion aside, however, it is still worth remembering his admonition because we must draw conclusions from the disturbing rise of emotionalism in today’s world, particularly as it affects political and social issues.
Logic and rationality will never be effective with people such as the Chilean politician, those for whom Environmentalism is a religion, or the growing multitudes of people who prefer indulging their emotions rather than doing the hard work of thinking.
That brings up the question: What will be effective?