The use of Reason and reasonable argumentation, the reclaiming of the idea of Progress and the struggle against dogma. In this post-modern world, reinventing Enlightenment is of the utmost importance.

Friday, January 27, 2006

Holy Trinity

The world is going through a time of crisis and questioning. Two world wars, genocide, nuclear proliferation, Neoimperialism, and, today, 2006, the Middle East crisis, at least for now. You may call me what you wish: dreamer, utopist, stupid. Alas! I believe in Man.

In the Enlightenment, mankind was a mere child who had just discovered how to use their hands and feet. Every path was available for us to tread. God, as the Deists claimed, had created the Earth and now is up to us to shape it.

In time, Father, Son and Holy Spirit has been replaced by Reason, Justice and Progress. This is my trinity! This is the trinity Time and certain men have corrupted to serve their intents. Let us go back to Enlightenment, where there was confidence in Reason, in Science, in Letters... in Man.


Blogger daviduskas said...

Thank you student. You bring life to this blog. And I was not playing games when I said that you are our D'Artagnan.

5:26 PM

Anonymous Student said...

You said that? I don't remember. But, thanks for the support.

5:49 PM

Blogger daviduskas said...

just scroll the fucking posts to our "internal note"...

6:24 PM

Blogger A. Cabral said...

Maybe we should demand a new enlightnment, a different one? Many of the crimes you list were performed in the name of Reason and Progress, and this Trinity may be undissociable with European expansionism and colonialism!?

4:06 PM

Anonymous Student said...

That's why I say this trinity was corrupted and in its name, as you said, many crimes were comitted. Just like in the name of religion many others are comitted, because their intrinsic values are distorted. I just think if it were to be respected, mankind might have a brighter future. Utopic? I know.

4:24 PM

Blogger A. Cabral said...

But what if the problem lies in the concepts themselves, and not merely in their usage? What if Progress is built on a linearity of time and history that is fallacious? Or that reason without emotion is autistic?

12:16 PM

Blogger Picasso said...

Nope. Don't buy "The Order of Things" perspective. There is progress. At least in the West. Just look at how we lived when the Enlightenment started. Of course Progress is not a linear affair. There are always setbacks. Cicles of regression. The forces of evil are always trying to deny Progress. They are always trying to corrupt progress, as Student points out.

1:03 PM

Blogger daviduskas said...

What is more, deny the ideia of progress and what are you left with? If you deny it, if there is no progress why should we care? Why the fuck is this blog called Back To Enlightenment?

1:07 PM

Blogger A. Cabral said...

If progress means bettering our lives, then sure, definetly, all the way. The problem is what we understand as Progress, it cannot mean merely the application of the Eurocentric experience to the rest of the world and to the rest of history. We need to be more clever than that. Reclaim the word to redefine it. Or else Back to Enlightnment means merely a return to the past. Don't we want to add something to this ideal? Shouldn't we?

8:55 PM

Anonymous student said...

Yes we should. Progress is not merely historic linearity. For me progress is, as you said, bettering our lives. and of course, I do not claim eurocentric experience to be superior to others. That's the fun of our planet: multiculturalism.

9:47 PM

Blogger Picasso said...

TO sum up, our eurocentrism stands. Want to now why? Because of its values: Democracy. Freedom. Tolerance.

4:49 AM

Blogger A. Cabral said...

Yes, Picasso, that is the kind of reflection that we need to have to unpack the values of the Enlightnment. Democracy today is an emptied concept, it is used and abused and has become meaningless. Maybe we should have a series of posts, discussing this, maybe reflecting on the definitions, meanings and uses of each of these "taken-for-granteds".

6:54 AM

Blogger daviduskas said...

Indeed we should, thank you for your take...

10:14 AM


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