Bertrand Russell's Best Author:edited by Robert E. Egner Bertrand Russell's Views On: — Psychology: — Men who allow their love of power to give them a distorted view of the world are to be found in every asylum ... Highly similar delusions, if expressed by educated men in obscure language, lead to professorships of philosophy; and if expressed by emotional men in eloquent language, lead to dictatorships... more ».
Very few men or women who have had a conventional upbringing have learned to feel decently about sex and marriage. Their education has taught them that ... in propagating the species, men are yielding to their animal nature while women are submitting to painful duty. This attitude has made marriage unsatisfying ... and the lack of instinctive satisfaction has turned to cruelty masquerading as morality.
If you think that your belief is based upon reason, you will support it by argument, rather than by persecution, and will abandon it if the argument goes against you. But if your belief is based on faith, you will realize that argument is useless, and will therefore resort to force either in the form of persecution or by stunting and distorting the minds of the young in what is called "education."« less