Posted October 30, 2013
by Jerry Alatalo
“Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on Earth – more than ruin – more than even death… Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible, thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habit. Thought looks into the pit of hell and is not afraid. Thought is great and swift and free, the light of the world, and the chief glory of man.”
– Bertrand Russell
These days there is more than enough information accessible via the internet, as many reading these words can certainly agree. People are grateful that more men and women around the world are getting current events reports and news from sources besides the so-called mainstream media. I suppose that Bertrand Russell’s quote applies to all people generally – his words certainly resonate with me.
When Mr. Russell mentions “subversive and revolutionary”… One can understand where he is coming from – my take on his sentiment is summed up as “beneficial, positive changes”. My interpretation of “destructive and terrible” is the human thought through history which has led to world conditions where “austerity” has swept the nations – practiced virtually everywhere. I have conveyed that such conditions are the result of private ownership of central banks which led to the highest levels of wealth inequality since the days before the Great Depression.
“Merciless to privilege” from Mr. Russell translates in my mind to the image of Christ overturning the tables of the “moneychangers”, those who gain through usury, charging interest, and includes those financially powerful, private owners of the central banks around the Earth. Many men and women have come to advocate for public banking, where the people in the form of governments control the quantity and creation of money as a public service.
His “merciless” sentiment relates to nationalization of the Federal Reserve, European Central Bank, and all private central banks on Earth. It also relates to the number of people who have called for a single-payer national health care plan in the United States, where the health of all people is seen as a right, not a privilege. At present health care is a business – where maximization of profit is at the top of the list of “things to do” instead of caring for one’s fellow brothers and sisters – and seems to combine profit and health care in an illogical way.
When Mr. Russell says “established institutions” my thoughts turn to the military-industrial-complex that Dwight Eisenhower so famously warned Americans about in his presidential farewell address. One thinks about the tremendous expenditure on weapons, tanks, planes, bombs, drones – products which are designed to kill people in large numbers – and wonders, if such expenditure had been reduced significantly decades ago, what a better world humanity would be living in.
Bertrand Russell’s words “looks into the pit of hell and is not afraid” could be a little too intense for some, as what is implied by the feeling behind the words is facing one’s demons, and the world’s demons – action which is somewhat unpleasant. It would be interesting to hear/read what events Mr. Russell experienced which in his mind entailed “looking into the pit of hell”. Perhaps he was referring to the times he spent in what some have termed “hard thought”. Many can relate the words “hard” and “hell” when it comes to thinking about possible actions to solve problems on Earth – to create a new and better world.
If Mr. Russell was referring to problem-solving without fear then he is suggesting that men and women jump into the world of ideas and creativity completely. In 1950 he said, “If war no longer occupied men’s thoughts and energies, we could within a generation, put an end to all serious poverty throughout the world”. In 1965 he wrote, “Do not fear to be eccentric (odd, off-center) in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric”.
In trying to catch up with what Karen Hudes had to say – former attorney at the World Bank, employee for twenty years, and whistleblower on World Bank corruption – I came across a fellow by the name of Richard Grove. Mr. Grove worked in the financial sector in the field of computer software and technology, eventually becoming a whistleblower under the provisions of the finance industry Sarbanes-Oxley law, with information pertaining to software which allowed fraud and corruption of the kind that led to the economic crisis of 2008.
Since 2003, after accumulating enough savings to pursue a change of lifestyle, Mr. Grove has read and researched, becoming self-taught, and communicating through the internet what he has learned. He started a website “Tragedy and Hope” in 2006 (tragedyandhope.com), using the title of an underground classic 1966 book by Professor Carroll Quigley of Georgetown, where he has compiled a tremendous amount of information for those who wish to enter the arena of ideas and self-teaching.
The reason I bring your attention to Richard Grove and his website is because he seems to be a person who has made up his mind to compile and share relevant, important information that is rarely found in university classrooms or on the mainstream media. So you have a potential new source of information which will perhaps be beneficial for you. Please share any “essential” websites or books or other sources of information in the comments below.
He has created a documentary “State Of Mind: The Psychology of Control” which you can find at the YouTube channel “TragedyandHopeMag”. I just discovered this YT channel today and have yet to view a significant number of videos there. After a short time of checking out the variety of topics, you might be interested in the filmmaking tutorials at the channel. Perhaps you have had thoughts of creating short (or long) videos or documentaries, and have wondered where to go for free instruction/tutorials, as opposed to signing up for university film classes.
So, I thought Richard Grove’s creations would be of interest for readers, and I am conveying what could be helpful for development of an increased awareness.
- Bertrand Russell on why the term “agnostic” is for show (whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com)
- Central Bankers Have Gone Wild, And The World Is In Code Red (businessinsider.com)