By Charles Hartshorne
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A young woman I thought well of had lunch, together with her husband, with Russell. " This, of course, was one-sided. I add one thing: Russell in his first marriage acquired a mother-in-law I should not like to have had to deal with. This was an immense piece of bad luck for which I would not hold Russell to blame. But I suspect it had important effects in all his later life. His first wife, by her own declaration, never ceased to love him. But that mother-in-law! (I am trusting Russell's account of her.
I trust her to have known Â < previous page page_24 next page > If you like this book, buy it! < previous page page_25 next page > Page 25 what she was talking about. But then Mussolini, like Hitler and Stalin, were not among my acquaintances. In the first town in which my life was spent I recall no one I definitely disliked, simply no one, exceptan odd thingthat there is in me an extremely vague sense that in that town was a boy who seemed to me a bully and about whom I felt in something of a moral dilemma.
Do we not have to live by this conviction? Well, is the entire cosmos merely there for your sake and mine, or even merely for our animal species? How conceited can we be? If our multitudinous lives add up to something important, in what concrete reality does this addition occur? You cannot, I cannot, embrace in our own enjoyment all human enjoyment. The sum of human enjoyments is not an enjoyment of any of us. In us is only the feeblest faint surmise of this sum. Coming back to our bodily cells, what is their relation to us like?