men are bundles of passions and instincts

If men were rational…intelligence would be enough to make the world almost a paradise. but men are bundles of passions and instincts. it is of the greatest importance to inquire whether any method of strengthening kindly impulses exists….Men’s collective passions are mainly evil; far the strongest of them are hatred and rivalry directed towards other groups.

Bertrand Russell, in Ray Monk, vol.2, p.29

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