Monthly Archives: January 2014

Enlightenment

From: Delicate Adventures blog

I came upon this essay quite by chance, one boring day, as I was idly exploring the concept of enlightenment via my favourite research instrument, Google. It popped out of the digital universe and has stayed with me ever since.

Although I find Kant’s references to Frederick II of Prussia somewhat disturbing, I like his view of courage and freedom as essential to enlightenment which is rooted in independent thinking.

The essay was written in the northern town of Königsberg, once also known as Królewiec. Kant wrote it 5 years before the French Revolution. I wonder if… But maybe not. One way or another, perhaps it should come with a warning, “potentially hazardous”.

I’ll whet your appetite with the opening paragraphs…

“Enlightenment is man’s release from his self-incurred tutelage. Tutelage is man’s inability to make use of his understanding without direction from another. Self-incurred is this tutelage when its cause lies not in lack of reason but in lack of resolution and courage to use it without direction from another. Sapere aude! “Have courage to use your own reason!”- that is the motto of enlightenment.

 

Laziness and cowardice are the reasons why so great a portion of mankind, after nature has long since discharged them from external direction (naturaliter maiorennes), nevertheless remains under lifelong tutelage, and why it is so easy for others to set themselves up as their guardians. It is so easy not to be of age. If I have a book, which understands for me, a pastor who has a conscience for me, a physician who decides my diet, and so forth, I need not trouble myself. I need not think, if I can only pay – others will easily undertake the irksome work for me.”

 

And here is the link to the full piece.

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Late January Resolutions

Why not? I’ll make a few resolutions, too, conforming to the general New Year resolution trend, while not exactly conforming to the generally accepted resolution-making timeframe.

Poor time management skills…

I thought of the following points as I waited my turn at a bank one morning. I noted them down and type this from my notes.

This year, 2014, I will attempt to do the following:

  1. Sleep, before I say anything to anyone (except for myself).
  2. Drive without swearing (at least one day a week, maybe Friday morning).
  3. Dispose of excess stuff (whatever stuff means and I can just see my husband’s face).
  4. Reconnect with my soul (through silence and solitude – my husband’s face again).
  5. Use less salt. Although perhaps not.
  6. Don’t rush others or myself (I can just see my daughter’s face).
  7. Make up a daily schedule and stick to it (I can just see my son’s face) – with a degree of flexibility allowing for change without ruining the schedule too much.
  8. Moderation (I’m not sure what I meant).
  9. Speak less. What? Did I really write this? I can just see everybody’s face.
  10. Control emission of negative vibes.
  11. Control my thoughts so my emotions are kept in check.
  12. Don’t hoard food.
  13. Don’t buy more food than we can eat in a week.
  14. Start wearing high heels more often (bored with flat shoes).
  15. Start wearing jeans less often (bored with jeans).
  16. Use words such as vexing and bizarre (to be vexing and bizarre). 
  17. Address the issue of poor time management skills. 
  18. ?