The assault on reason – an historic backdrop
The Greek Experiment did not last long. The powers that be took out Socrates. He posed a danger to the state for his open dialogue and seeking truth. But it did fortunately produce a Socrates, Plato and Aristotle and before them Homer and Herodotus.
Rome lasted longer in different forms, for there was only one Cicero, and over the centuries it imploded upon itself — division, power, wealth, size, ignorance led to its downfall. And a long period of despair, and significant darkness. But It did produce Euclid, Hippocrates, Virgil, Lucretius, Archimedes and others.
Globalists should learn a lesson. Homogeneity as they wish to practice it is not a part of the gnome of the human organizational experiment.
Peeping out of that darkness there were brave people who sought the light of learning and reason. There were many. Here is one.
Francis Bacon 1561–1626 took up that march in his Advancement of Learning, November Organum and the New Atlantis. He was very perceptive. He said in The Advancement of Leaning Section IV
“For we see that it is the manner to scandalize and deprave that which retaineth the state and virtue, by taking advantage upon that which is corrupt and degenerate.”
In the Novum Organum, First Book,point 46 Bacon declares:
“The human understanding resembles not a dry light, but admits a tincture of the will and the passions, which generate their own system accordingly; for man always believes more readily that which he prefers. He, therefore, rejects difficulties for want of patience in investigation; in short, his feelings imbue and corrupt his understanding in innumerable and sometimes imperceptible ways.”
Stephen J. Gould developed the theory of the wall in certain human endeavours (baseball’s 400 hitter disappearance) and the reduction in variation. Not sure that this applies here but the notion of cycles or man’s inevitable rise and fall seems to be applicable in the present circumstance and makes us pause and contemplate Bacon’s dissection of man’s psychology.
I wrote a thesis on the Impact of Technology on Education in 1966. What can I say 55 years later about education and its impact with all the technology?
There is no doubt that materially we are better off – Matt Ridley and Bjorn Lomborg have clearly demonstrated that.
But democracy is on the decline, technological advancement and material wellbeing notwithstanding, 17 years in a row, according to Freedom Watch.
There has not been a corresponding “advancement “. (I guess some would argue that totalitarianism is best) in democratic governance.
The present dismal state brought on by the so-called pandemic demonstrates the fragile nature of our democratic existence. How, out of fear, not reason, we could degrade to behaviours that were more common during and before Bacon’s time. Speaking of pandemic, he talked of words and how important they were.
He also said :
“Some men become attached to particular sciences and contemplations, either from supposing themselves the authors and inventors of them, or from having bestowed the greatest pains upon such subjects, and thus become habituated to them.”
How relevant to today – and that is to be kind to the authors of the present “panic.”
My present skepticism has been validated by three happenings, two collective, the other individual:
First, the collective :
The Great Barrington Declaration
Here was the coming together of great minds to arrest the move toward lockdown actions that proved to be a disaster as predicted. This was October 4, 2020. Who started and initially signed this declaration?
Dr. Martin Kulldorff, professor of medicine at Harvard University, a biostatistician, and epidemiologist with expertise in detecting and monitoring infectious disease outbreaks and vaccine safety evaluations.
Dr. Sunetra Gupta, professor at Oxford University, an epidemiologist with expertise in immunology, vaccine development, and mathematical modeling of infectious diseases.
Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, professor at Stanford University Medical School, a physician, epidemiologist, health economist, and public health policy expert focusing on infectious diseases and vulnerable populations.
You would think these competent people and their declaration would have some influence. More like the Middle Ages psychology occurred; these people were maligned, Dr Gupta having to write an article about how she was threatened.
And thousands signed the declaration, 850,000 – 794,644 concerned citizens, 14,834 medical and public health professionals and 43,637 medical practitioners.
It has been deliberately ignored by the mainstream media and governments, big Pharma, and their Big Tech enablers.
According to agencies supported by their governments in America and Europe, the number of deaths reported from the COVID vaccines total over 30,000 and over two million injuries. In the U.S. up to July 16, 11,405 deaths and 492, 217 injuries. In Europe up to July 18, 18,928 deaths and 1,823,219 injuries.
In the U.S. the death numbers are larger in seven months than the deaths from all previous vaccines over 30 years. Every other time when deaths reach upwards to 100 the vaccine is not used, closed down.
The mainstream media do not carry this.
The Individual case
Dr. Charles Hoffe practised medicine in Lytton B.C. Recently his clinic was almost completely destroyed by a wild fire. Dr. Hoffe had patients come to him with serious medical conditions following their taking one of the Covid vaccines. Dr. Hoffe sought medical help demonstrating skepticism about the vaccines and their impact. He was accused by the authorities of “vaccine hesitancy”, apparently some kind of new crime. His recounting of this experience publicly has lost him his privileges at the local hospital and the loss of half his income. No one in authority has ever come to help his patients (he tried to get three different specialists to help), and even with this becoming public there has not been any public outcry as to what has happened.
Two other medical academic professional in Canada, Dr. Christian in Saskatchewan and Dr Bridle in Ontario, have had to endure public and professional negativity because they expressed views and produced valid research that highlighted concerns with the vaccine being used. In Dr. Christian’s case the Justice Center for Constitutional Freedoms indicates that one complaint against the doctor was: “The complaint objects to Dr. Christian having advocated for the informed consent of Covid vaccines for children.” He has been fired from his positions in that Province.
Emotion and group think, the suppression of contrary views and information speaks of a behaviour with which Bacon would be familiar – of a dark age.
Using Tennyson for my purposes : You Ask Me Why Within This Region I subsist?