We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The enlightenment put man at the center rather than God at the center of life. Fortunately the American revolution occurred before the enlightenment and we retained God in our founding principles. The French have the Mitterands and Notre Dame as a tourist attraction and you can throw in De Gaulle and the Vichy French all for "scientific reasoning". The enlightenment was an atheists' wet dream.
indyjonesouthere: Fortunately the American revolution occurred before the enlightenment
The American Revolution occurred at the end of the Age of Enlightenment, and Jefferson and Franklin were its prophets. The American Declaration of Independence is a syllogistic argument that is deeply rooted in the rationalism of the age.
The Enlightenment was soon after supplanted by the Romantic Age, when it foundered on the rocks of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars, the upheaval of which showed the limitations of reason when confronted by human passion and the fundamental mystery of life.
indyjonesouthere: The European enlightenment gave us the Vendee wars...
That was just the tip of the destruction wrought by the Napoleonic Age. The U.S. Declaration of Independence, written largely by Jefferson in consultation with Franklin, and the French Declaration of the Rights of Man, written largely by Lafayette in consultation with Jefferson, were the pinnacles of the Enlightenment. The vast destruction during the Napoleonic Wars and the fall of the French Republic ended the Age of Enlightenment. Yet, the ideals of the Enlightenment were carried across Europe and to America.
Given the speed at which various jurisdictions have imposed onerous restrictions on various industries (the hospitality industry being one), I can quite understand why a fair few former employees of that sector are reluctant to go back to a seriously uncertain future and the problem of - when yet again laid off - trying to get back on basic benefits.