Mar 18, 2011

Stephen Fry Articulately Explains the Difference Between Revealed and Acquired Truth. A Renaissance Person in Deliberation!

There is a fundamental difference between a progressive person and another one who's satisfied with revealed "truth." The philosopher Immanuel Kant asked, do you believe in something because it makes you feel good or because it's true. He was an enlightened individual among those who tried to lift humankind out of self-imposed immaturity. The Age of Reason, the Renaissance was a truly revolutionary wave that changed the world. Liberalism won--at least in the west--over the Old Regime whose attributes were (still are in some places): religious conformity, ascribed status, and absolutism.

Absolutism is connected to religion and its self-proclaimed truth through revelation. Now, think about his for a moment. Why should God want to reveal his truth to the few? If it's about knowledge then it should be accessible to everyone not to the chosen few. And, not only it should be accessible but it should be open to discussion, and, if necessary, revision. Show me, explain it, not dictate-it-and-of-discussion take-it-or-leave-it proposition.

Stephen Fry is brilliant. He typifies an enlightened person--one who reasons, inquires, revises, and quests for knowledge. In this video, he explains the difference between acquired and revealed truth. What a delightful speaker he is too.