Category Archives: Classical/Enlightenment Thoughts

The Social Contract

In CHAPTER VIII: “Of The Beginning of Political Societies” of John Locke’s Second Treatise of Government, he explains that: Sec. 95. MEN being, as has been said, by nature, all free, equal, and independent, no one can be put out … Continue reading

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Land of the Free

Is freedom something that one can know just by being born in America? And did the Founding Fathers of America just wake up one day and discover “freedom”? It would take almost a century to outlaw slavery in the United … Continue reading

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Guidelines

Photo Credit: неизвестен In Eastern Christianity and other icon-painting Christian traditions, the icon is generally a flat panel painting depicting a holy being or object such as Jesus, Mary, Saints, Angels, or the cross.  Icons may also be cast in … Continue reading

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αἰὲν ἀριστεύειν

Photo Credit: Steve Swayne αἰὲν ἀριστεύειν (pronounced ‘aYEN arheesTEueen’ in ancient Greek/ ‘aYEN areesTEVeen’ in modern Greek) is translated into English as “Ever to Excel“. The phrase is derived from the sixth book of Homer‘s Iliad, in which it is used … Continue reading

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Modern Living

Photo Credit: Popular Science Monthly Volume 12 As the Industrial Revolution gained speed, new sources of power were needed.  In 1769 James Watt, a Scottish engineer, developed a practical steam engine.  Steam had been used as a source of power … Continue reading

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Pax Universalis

Photo Credit: Nikater I’ve always loved Ancient Greece more than Ancient Rome because of Greek philosophy.  But when I think of all the bridges, roads, and aqueducts that the Romans built and are still in use today, I come to … Continue reading

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Knowledge Society

This post was inspired by the Royal Society of London of which Isaac Newton was a member.  Their achievements show what effect state-sponsorship can have on the pursuit of knowledge. What would happen if all governments joined together to patronize … Continue reading

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