David Hume was prescient

​​David​ ​Hume’s quotation,​ ​from a famous passage discussing the "motivating influence of the will" in his Treatise on Human Nature and reads in full:

"Reason is, and ought only to be the slave of the passions, and can never pretend to any other office than to serve and obey them."

The lizard brain has pushed back the frontal lobes.​ ​What happened this time, is that simple values have trumped what would seem to be rational, fair, fact-based and just.​


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I've been leading outdoor environmental education in the YMCA since the 1970s. I love teaching nature, history, current events, being a dad, fixing stuff, groups, and general thinking.
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One Response to David Hume was prescient

  1. JP says:

    Now we get to see if our democratic institutions are strong enough to survive a president who has made clear he does not believe in them. This election has made very clear what the Republicans know is true–they can only win when their is a low voter turnout. (Obama beat Romney about 65 to 62 million. Trump beat Hillary around 52 to 51 million. Voters just stayed home). They’ve known it since Paul Weyrich helped found the conservative movement, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8GBAsFwPglw
    Dark days are ahead, and looking for any ray of hope it is that with the Republicans controlling everything, they will only have themselves to blame when their policies don’t magically make everything better. And it may be the end of Fox news. They only do vitriol, and now they would have only themselves and the party they are mouthpieces for as targets.
    And in truth, I knew this would happen once the Cubs won the world series. We couldn’t possibly have a Cubs win and not have the world end.

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