Thursday, 22 October 2009

Amnesia for breakfast?

There was an interview on BBC Radio 4s Today programme this morning on how the “great thinkers” can help us in the detail of our daily lives….
The predictable and highly selective roll call was then given by an available academic…… Plato, Socrates, Nietzsche & Freud, with a truly bizarre explanation of the latter in relation to waking up and getting on with one’s daily routine. Of course, I waited in vain for a mention of that mainstream western philosophical tradition represented by St Augustine, St Anselm, St Thomas Aquinas and so on, but that would have been just too religious and not multi-cultural enough just before the supposedly faith-centred ‘Thought for the Day’ slot.
I know it was breakfast time, but this degree of banal, blinkered, bigoted, stupid secularism would be laughable if it were not so tragic.
We have lived through a period of a great and deliberate forgetting of our intellectual and cultural heritage. At least 1500 years have been consigned to the dustbin. I just hope that those who are doing the airbrushing will have a “great philosopher” or two at hand when they are lying on their deathbeds………… Nietzsche, Freud…… anyone?

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