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ENLIGHTENMENT AND SOCIAL HOPE, Part 2

by Stefan Schindler Liberation from self-imposed immaturity is liberation from social conditioning.  Liberation from social conditioning is escape from Plato’s cave.  Escape from Plato’s cave involves appreciation of Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s tragic dictum that “man is born free, but is everywhere … Continue reading

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Enlightenment and Social Hope, Part 1

  By  Stefan Schindler In his 1784 essay on the nature of Enlightenment, Immanuel Kant declared: “Enlightenment is liberation from self-imposed immaturity.” He also noted that, if I may be so bold as to paraphrase, “We live in an age … Continue reading

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Buddhist Social Democracy, Part 1

by Stefan Schindler    All things pass; life is brief; seek freedom; be kind.  Siddhartha Gautama, Gangamala Jataka  “A Buddha arises for the welfare of the multitude.” This is a common refrain in Buddhist sutras. On Buddha’s Eightfold Path to … Continue reading

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Just for a change: Messages to live by

by Kathie MM As currently envisioned, the U.S. Peace Memorial  will consist of twelve walls, or facets, containing engraved peace quotes from famous Americans (including, for example, Noam Chomsky, Martin Luther King Jr., Jeanette Rankin, Margaret Mead, Albert Einstein) as … Continue reading

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