Bertrand Russell: “Love is wise and Hatred is Foolish”

Bertrand Russell in 1957

Bertrand Russell (18 May 1872–2 Feb 1970) was interviewed by John Freeman from BBC, where he was asked few questions. Russell brilliantly putted his thoughts on Love & Hatred and how they function together. And, why the human have placed together in such way embroiled with each other. And according to him, it has to be function that way. This interview happened on his 87th birthday. He was a political activist and logical philosopher. Russell founded the analytic philosophy. It mostly used in the western world and particularly Anglosphere (native English speakers). As well as, he was a co-author of Principia Mathematica.

The book has three volumes based on the foundations of mathematicians, Alfred North Whitehead and Bertrand Russell. Both used logics in mathematics. Apart from that, he had also produced the book, “The history of Western Philosophy” a complete western culture thoughts that narrate the beginning of ancient Greek philosophy to the 20th century in the book successfully.

Bertrand Russell, Philosophy of Love & Hatred.

“Love is wise, hatred is foolish. In this world which is getting more and more closely, interconnected. We have to learn to tolerate each other. We have to put up with the fact that some people say things that we don't like. Likewise, we can only live together in that way and if we are to live together and not die together. Not only that, but we must learn the kind of charity and kind of tolerance which is absolutely vital to the continuation of human life on this planet.”

Education and Interest of Bertrand Russell

Trinity College, Cambridge where Bertrand Russell completed his graduation iin 1894
Trinity College, Cambridge where Bertrand Russell completed his graduation iin 1894

Russell studied mathematics and philosophy at Trinity college in Cambridge. In 1894, he graduated. During those years he met George Edward Moore, a philosopher who was also assisted together with Russell and Alfred Whitehead who was also a mathematician and philosopher. These two were inspiration factors in his life. He blessed with commercial success of his book, Principia Mathematica, Russell became the world-famous mathematician and philosopher.

There are two motives for reading a book; one, that you enjoy it; the other, that you can boast about it.

Bertrand Russell

Unsuccessful in Getting Fellowship

Therefore, the student became professor of mathematics and philosophy at the same college, Trinity, in 1910. However, no one is perfect and this is the nature’s law. Russell was unable to obtain fellowship at the Trinity and due to lack of job security. He was dismissed in 1916 after four days. It had happened due to being convicted under the defence of the realm act (the act passed on 8th Aug 1914 in the UK), speaking against world war one.

The philosopher’s condition was very down financially, he couldn’t pay the fine of 100 quid and went to jail. Russell could pay his fine upon books sold at the auction. Later that incident, due to his personal problems, he resigned in 1920. However, he had also given almost a year before his resignation to sort the issues of his life. Therefore, he failed to solve. He thought that his resignation would be a fair decision and proceeded. Russell has also received Nobel Prize for literature in 1950


Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong, have governed my life: the longing for love, the search for knowledge and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind.

Bertrand Russell

However, he lived a proactive and complexed life but one year he found his true love when he got married to his fourth wife Edith Finch, a 52-year-old American and Russell was 80. He left with all the satisfaction afterward. He was considered the Voltaire of his time. Russell almost spent his life from beginning to end searching for knowledge and love. He donated himself full-time, zest in great issues of the day.

In his life, he addressed and studied issues like trial marriage, pacifism, rights for women, nuclear wars and peace, etc. At 97, he died at his home, Wales.

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Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.

No one who is informed in the education field can doubt about a moment the profound influence of John Dewey on both the theory and practice of American education.

Williams Heard Kilpatrick (successor of John Dewey)
John Dewey in 1902

Master of comprehensive study of educational needs, problems and possibilities. John Dewey (20 Oct 1859–1 Jun 1952) was an American psychologist, philosopher and education reformer. He mined-down the American education issues and problems. And came out from the ocean of questions and their relative analytical answers. He brought Ancient Greece Principles (the most influential philosophy of the 6th century BC) to life.

The study of John influenced on every philosopher of the world. He considered one of the scholars of the 20th century. Babasaheb Ambedkar (a social reformer) was one of the fans of John.

He brought difference in areas of constitutions of India and in its educational fields.
Moreover, his kin study of traditional education and progressive education provides distinguish results to American. And the rest of the philosopher of the world. Dewey believed in the practical studies of matter of education in bodies of information and its skills. Those things that worked out in the past.

We only think when confronted with a problem.

― John Dewey

However, Dewey called the business of schools and colleges successful. It only when it transmitted them to the new generation.

“John’s main objective was to prepare the young for the future responsibilities and for success in life. By acquisition of organized bodies of information and prepared forms of skill which comprehend the material of instruction.”

As well as, the below statement of John says that education means the process of acquiring, learnings from our elders. The progressive education system of America incorporated already into books early 20th century. Dewey predominantly believed that “Taught is thought”.

Learning here means acquisition of what already is incorporated into books and in the heads of the elders. Moreover, that which is taught is thought of essential static. It is taught as a finish product with little regard. Either to the ways in which it was originally built up or to change that will surely occur in the future.

― John Dewey

Furthermore, the people are blind in terms of traditional education. They believed that education of traditional procedure ends only when old people can’t solve the problem. Thus, john says in his definition in a very precise manner that,

[…] The point I am making is that rejection of the philosophy, and practice of traditional education. It sets a new type of difficult educational problem. It is for those who believe in the new type of education. We shall operate blindly and confused until we recognize this fact; until we thoroughly appreciate that departure from the old solves no problems […]

― John Dewey

However, the Progressive education includes different types of activities. It triggers the new brain. It brainstorms the ideas and includes different types of games in schools and colleges. Educational institutions have been incorporating into the since late 19th century.
According to Dewey, his permanent frame of study and theory talks about the organic connection between education and personal experience. The new education commit empirical and experimental philosophy.

The more definitely and sincerely it is held that education is a development. Within, by, and or experience. The more important it is that there shall be clear conceptions of what experience is.

― John Dewey

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