The Assault on Reason, by Al Gore*
I just finished the first chapter of this book. And I´m very glad I found it. It already made me think about different political and social issues, and it made me write this thought.
You can make «love campaigns», based in showing was best of our culture, with beautiful concerts, pictures, tees and awesome publicity. But the one act of fear delivered to a society is enough to dump all that brightness into the dust. And to get people into panic. When we panic, the reason is flush down and we just act without reasoning the context. And that´s dangerous because you might take a wrong decision that can produce bad events on your future and also in the society.
We might start thinking in other type of ideas and strategies to make people wake up and think about their vulnerabilities. Probably fear to the fear itself.
We see how political scienctist and neurolobiologists fusion their work. And here in my country (Guatemala) we still think that the hard science is above the social science. Or that we need transdiscipline. When all disciplines are one for all and all for one.
We are still through old debates of what´s best, instead of creating allies from other fields to fight agains the type of leaders that are based on decline the use of reason. When we need the ones that have to improve the individual and society use of common sense and desire of knowledge.
But nowadays the leaders that we have, don´t encourage us to have a culture based on investigation/knowledge. By investigation I mean not just reading or copying what others have done and said in our context. But also what they have not said of lots of reasons. This means, that through the «emersonian reading theory» (as I name it, probably ir already has a name itself) the reader, in this case the reasearcher sees between lines. Maybe in that way and with the real help of other fields we might build our own knowledge. But, are we still far from it?
*My native language is Spanish, but I write and develop my ideas and thoughts with more confidence in English. So excuse me if I have some mistakes.