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"Complete rationality is no doubt an unattainable ideal, but so long as we continue to classify some men as lunatics it is clear that we think some men more rational than others.  I believe that all solid progress in the world consists of an increase in rationality, both practical and theoretical.  To preach an altruistic morality appears to me somewhat useless, because it will appeal only to those who already have altruistic desires.  But to preach rationality is somewhat different, since rationality helps us to realize our own desires on the whole, whatever they may be.  A man is rational in proportion as his intelligence informs and controls his desires.  I believe that the control of our acts by our intelligence is ultimately what is of most importance, and what alone will make social life remain possible as science increases the means at our disposal for injuring each other.  Education, the press, politics, religion -- in a word, all the great forces in the world -- are at present on the side of irrationality....  The remedy does not lie in anything cataclysmic, but in the efforts of individuals towards a more sane and balanced view of our relations to our neighbours and to the world.  It is to intelligence, increasingly widespread, that we must look for the solution of the ills from which our world is suffering."

Bertrand Russell



"The truest reason for anything's being so is that it is.  This is actually and truly a reason, more valid and clearer than all the other separate reasons, or than any group of them short of the whole.  Anything less than the whole forms part of the picture only, and the infinite whole is unknowable except by being it, by living into it."

John Steinbeck



"The fundamental delusion of humanity is to suppose that I am here and you are out there."

Yasutani Roshi



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