Sunday, May 29, 2022

The Centrality of Human Existence

By Steve Rensberry

    Sometimes I wake up and think to myself, I'm going to work on a plan to save the world today. Mock me as a bleeding heart liberal, if it makes you feel good.

    Hundreds of years, thousands of years have gone by during the course of human civilization and where are we? Cave dweller #1 is still hitting cave dweller #2 over the head because he, or she, has something he wants or doesn't like. We just have a lot more people and tribes, and more sophisticated caves and tools.

    Don't you think it's time to let go of all those traditional sacred cows and antiquated ideas, ideas like white supremacy and religion, because they clearly aren't working. I vote for embarking on a Second Great Enlightenment, rather than returning to the Dark Ages of Failed Traditions, Superstitions and Death. Humans need to put humans first, recognize the centrality of human existence, or no one else will. Human problems need to be addressed in the hear and now.

    The picture is a public domain pic of the reading of Voltaire's tragedy of the Orphan of China in the salon of Marie Thérèse Rodet Geoffrin in 1755, by Lemonnier, c. 1812. Voltaire (actual name: François-Marie Arouet), was a French Enlightenment writer, historian, and philosopher famous for his wit, his criticism of Christianity . . . and of slavery, as well as his advocacy of freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and separation of church and state. Wikipedia: The Great Enlightenment

Voltaire reads Orphan of China (pub domain pic)

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