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Friday, November 05, 2004

That Thin Red Line

In the light of the brutal murder of Theo Van Gogh, these words remain as necessary as before:

Enlightenment is a person's emergence from his self-sustained dependency. "Dependency" is the inability to make use of one's intellect without the supervision of another. One's dependency is "self-sustained" when its cause lies not in defect of intellect but in lack of the decisiveness and courage to make use of one's mind without the direction of another. Sapere aude! "Have the courage to make use of your own mind!" is thus the slogan of the Enlightenment.
(c) An Answer to the Question: "What is Enlightenment?" by Immanuel Kant

Article 1.
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

Article 2.
Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.

Article 3.
Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.
(c) Universal Declaration of Human Rights

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