by Bertrand Russell
Russell tells in 1st Chapter : The Principle of Growth
"The unquestioned authority of the Oriental despot found its religious expression in the Omnipotent Creator , whose glory was the sole aim of the man, and against whom man had no rights. "
Me: We Odias have turned despo at Daitas' words !
"Medieval society remained organic and not fundamentally hostile to life, since outward submission was compatible with inward freedom because it was voluntary."
Me: Probably that's why we say medieval society was peaceful and full of happiness.
" To, me the chief thing to be learnt through the war has been certain view of the springs of human action, what they are, and we may legitimately hope they will become "
Me: Russell is driven by war after effect impulse and has gone to theorise his understanding of society by Theory of Impulse . Interestingly, I find a similarity to it in Computer Science domain modelling by event-action paradigm . May be Hindu Mythology sees it as adrushta-ingita.
Hope Russell will say how basic impulse human gets.
Russell wishing no war in Europe says :
"The hope of seeing such political institutions established in Europe as shall make man averse from war- a hope which I firmly believe to be realizable, though not without great and fundamental reconstruction of economic and social life. "
Me: Was Russell not for drastic social changes ? Was fine with basics of West ?
As I have seen even with XGen they are very much aware of war tragedy what Europe had and they never want it. They are sensitised best to love Europe.
Russell tells in Preface :
I consider the best life that which most built on creative impulses, an the worst that which is most inspired by love of possession. ...... Liberation of creativeness ought to be the principle of reform both in politics and economics.
Russell tells the idea of this book with this:
"My aim to suggest a philosophy of politics based on the belief that impulse has more effect than conscious purpose in moulding men's lives. Most impulses may be divided into two groups, the possessive and the creative, according as they aim at acquiring or retaining something that can not be shared, or at bringing into the world some valuable thing, such as knowledge or art or goodwill, in which there is no private property."