Saturday, April 16, 2011

Stephen Fry at Harvard

Heroes the Enlightenment struggle, Percey Bische Shelley expelled from Oxford for atheism... understood Greek myths, Promethius, if gods then are capricious, inconsistent.  Futile theology, theodicy.. a comic strip. Spirit in man who wants to make us guility, Catholic dogma, crime of being born, arid insulting dogma. Oscar Wilde viva voce, the revenge of secular world over religious world ... 
8'40": If you are humanists, be citizens of the world. You can engage or play or be graceful with the minds of others - but don't ever dare to try to own the minds of others. 

In 1980s, Karl Mark (politics), John Lennon (rocknroll), collapse of Berlin Wall, will not save the world. In 1990s - Albert Einstein and Oscar Wilde. Life of the mind. Ability to play gracefully with ideas.

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