Published: Sunday, May 17 2009 12:26 a.m. MDT
It would be nice if all of the previous columns on these topics could all be
found in one spot. That way they could all be read like a book. I think they
are interesting, but just as I really get into it, the column ends.
I'm not at all sure that ordinary people were influenced to a great extent by
these philosophers (Descartes and Spinoza). Most people don't think like that
usually, neither then or now.I also think that, as was shown in the
Renaissance and the Reformation, Northern Europe, much more influential in the
culture of the United States, was not at all like the Latin part of Europe, the
nations of France or the Italian states for example.Mr Cannon does
refer to events in England, and the questioning of, and opposition to, the idea
of Divine Right kingship there, but I am surprised more emphasis has not been
given so far in this series of short articles, to John Wycliff, Erasmus and so
on, who I think were far more important and representative of the best of the
thought of North-Western Europe, and of more interest and import to we of the
United States of America or of its founding spirits.
Is this a single part of a multi-part article? It seems to end in mid-thought.
It comes to who you agree with or disagree with,those you agree with
become one's who right and most enlighted and the greatest thinkers, you
uplift, and will want to them quote often,while those you disagree
with you despise, look down upon, castigate, marginalize,the worst
thing thought is people on both sides will end up quoting and getting quoted OUT
OF CONTEXT,so you can see how subjective damaging, misleading, and
outright deceptive philosophies man can be.and we give them too much
credit, attribute to them way too much for knowledge and understanding, even
more wisdom, that even they, in an honest moment would probably abmit they
ever had.Many may even admit they were just vomiting thoughts onto
piece of paper, and didn't really know what to think.
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