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ARE WE AS SOPHISTICATED AS WE THINK WE ARE?

September 11, 2012

OUR INHERITANCE FROM THE ENLIGHTENMENT includes at least modern ‘virtues:’   1) Reason, 2) Tolerance, and 3) Individualism.

I learned somewhere along the way that these brought us out of the darkness, superstition, and tribalism of the preceding age.  This is what we have been programmed to call “progress.”

Yet, I wonder.  Are we really all that enlightened?  Do we really practice the ‘virtues’ to which our lips recite pre-programmed praise?

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