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Irrationality

Quoting Rowan Atkinson, the real man behind the character of Mr. Bean, from Reader’s Digest.


Q. You are on record as being a supporter of the monarchy. Why?

I like the fact that it’s so irrational, that it makes no sense, and yet it’s something people really love and identify with. I suppose I’m a great believer that the most important things in life are in the end not rational. Love and beauty and art and music and friendship and spirituality and religion – these are things that really root people. Democracy may be a valuable tool in underpinning an ordered society but it’s not what people tend to remember at the end of their lives. Clearly, it makes no sense for someone non-elected to have a lot of power and the royal family may be no more that figureheads, but they mean something to those who like them.

Forget Monarchy and Democracy. Did it then make some sense to you? Or you don’t expect anything rational from Mr. Bean?

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  1. May 24, 2007 at 4:30 pm

    Take a cue from the way the mind functions. We still do not know how we think, leave alone rationality. All that is left are theories strewn like floatsam on the seashore. One is as useful/ useless as any other. Subjectivity rules and objectivity is claimed.

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