Bertrand Russell quote about fear from The Conquest of Happiness - Boredom is therefore a vital problem for the moralist, since at least half the sins of mankind are caused by the fear of it.
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Boredom is therefore a vital problem for the moralist, since at least half the sins of mankind are caused by the fear of it.
 Bertrand Russell, The Conquest of Happiness (1930). copy citation

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Author Bertrand Russell
Source The Conquest of Happiness
Topic fear boredom sins
Date 1930
Language English
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Weblink http://russell-j.com/beginner/COH-TEXT.HTM

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“When savages have first tasted liquor at the hands of the white men, they have found at last an escape from age-old tedium, and, except when the Government has interfered, they have drunk themselves into a riotous death. Wars, pogroms, and persecutions have all been part of the flight from boredom; even quarrels with neighbours have been found better than nothing. Boredom is therefore a vital problem for the moralist, since at least half the sins of mankind are caused by the fear of it.
Boredom, however, is not to be regarded as wholly evil. There are two sorts, of which one is fructifying, while the other is stultifying. The fructifying kind arises from the absence of drugs, and the stultifying kind from the absence of vital activities.” source

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