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Sat May 25, 2019, 03:38 PM

Here's a voice from the REAL age of Enlightenment:



"Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." -Voltaire

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Original post)

Sat May 25, 2019, 04:39 PM

1. Appropriate right from the start of this administration.

Absurdities are now the ridiculous! The awful part of this is that there doesn't seem to be anything we can do except vote in the 2020 election. Unbelievable!

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Response to pazzyanne (Reply #1)

Sat May 25, 2019, 04:44 PM

4. It really is unbelievable.

 

I didn't know what to expect from Trump, but right after he announced he was running he was caught on video looking at a 10 year old girl and saying, "I will be dating her in 10 years." Only a pedophile looks at a 10 year old with sexual thoughts.

I am hoping that the Epstein case gets reopened. Trump went to a lot of Epstein parties.

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Original post)

Sat May 25, 2019, 04:41 PM

2. I swear I saw a hole in Hillary's tongue.

 

"sarcasm"

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Original post)

Sat May 25, 2019, 04:42 PM

3. Great quote

Rec

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Original post)

Sat May 25, 2019, 04:58 PM

5. As long as we stay open to the lessons of history (more Voltaire, please) we can't be bamboozled

by the noise of fearmongers, dictators and fascists.

History kills fascists.

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Response to ancianita (Reply #5)

Sat May 25, 2019, 05:03 PM

6. If only we (actually, I mean *they*) only lived according to these quotes:

Not to know what has been transacted in former times is to be always a child. If no use is made of the labors of past ages, the world must remain always in the infancy of knowledge.
Cicero
Roman author, orator, & politician (106 BC - 43 BC)


And of course, DU's favorite:

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
George Santayana (1863 - 1952), The Life of Reason, Volume 1, 1905

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Response to eppur_se_muova (Reply #6)

Sat May 25, 2019, 05:50 PM

10. "If only" are not their concern or even on their radar. What's important is that WE do.

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Response to ancianita (Reply #5)

Sat May 25, 2019, 05:18 PM

8. Given that the public school books leave a lot out


it is very important that we give our kids/grandkids information.

I made sure my 2 sons were able to read at a very young age, then made sure they had a variety of books around.

Made all the difference, and I think it is more vital today than ever. Luckily, the web.

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Reply #8)

Sat May 25, 2019, 05:56 PM

11. Truth. Kids are aware of the transience of info on the webs and value the knowledge of elders to

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guide them on content that's important and applicable to all kinds of events, from local to international.

Schools are tasked with too much growing content to fit into the same twelve year timeline, and parents must take on a support role with any and all kinds of reading. Anything my kids were interested in was an excuse for us to take a trip to the bookstore or library. Then they started swapping books with their friends.

Reading creates interactive thought, which promotes good judgment in knowing signal in the midst of noise.

It really does make all the difference. People who don't read depend on people who do.

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Original post)

Sat May 25, 2019, 05:07 PM

7. so simple, yet says so much.

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Original post)

Sat May 25, 2019, 05:30 PM

9. Our existence is an absurdity.

Do you believe in our existence? That may explain human history. It's not them. It's us.

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Original post)

Sat May 25, 2019, 11:16 PM

12. I'm wondering if a millennial would even know who Votaire is / was.

 

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Response to YOHABLO (Reply #12)

Mon May 27, 2019, 12:19 AM

13. Well, I did not know until college


but I would hope it is much easier to stumble over references like that via the web.

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