Los Diez Mandamientos en el Siglo XXI – Fernando Savater


Do you think philosophy is boring? Do you feel your eyes are heavily falling down because you can’t resist reading that stuff and suddenly you have the imperiously need of taking a nap? Well, then Savater is the right guy for you. The boredom of philosophy depends on the author, his intentions and writing skills, of course. Some people only write for a certain crowd: the intellectual with funny glasses crowd. Or the snobs with funny glasses. But other people write with the main purpose of massively communicate their ideas. In order to do that, the book must be written in a simpler way, although not so simple that he’s underestimating the readers. But in a digestible way, if there’s such a thing. And Savater definitely knows how to keep the reader interested. He writes about the essential questions that we make ourselves at some point in our lives, and he does it in an entertaining way, making philosophy something more approachable. Serious and complex stuff with some humor and light ironies. I’m sorry, I love that mixture.

In this particular case, he writes about the ten commandments (I’m guessing you could figure that out on your own), their origins and influence through history. He makes some excellent points, but, at the end of the day, whether you believe in a god or not, and from a practical point of view, those commandments are needed. The idea of a vindictive god that punishes you if you don’t obey him, suddenly, it’s not that bad…

Savater invites us to imagine a world without a god. Without someone telling us basic things like not to kill each other, not to steal from each other, etc. A world without a powerful figure of authority telling us how to behave.

“Es cierto que ese Yahvé puede resultar espantoso, pero los hombres sin tabúes pueden resultar peores”.

* Photo credit: Book cover via Goodreads.


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