i have to be honest: between 31 days and classes, life is taking words out of me and i don’t really know what to write about here.
we’ve been talking about the enlightenment in my early modern europe class, and i’m knee-deep in rousseau and kant, voltaire and well, voltaire, and montesquieu. and it’s been well, enlightening.
so fear not for the sake of annie’s musings: its author is now Enlightened.
i’m even thinking of debuting a new header:
the funny thing about that font is that it looks quite similar to my handwriting and is actually called pea annie.
in any case, here are a few thoughts i had while being Enlightened regarding the enlightenment:
in the spirit of the laws, montesquieu writes, “it is natural for a republic to have only a small territory; otherwise it cannot long subsist.” when i read that, i thought, “OH MY GOSH MONTESQUIEU IS PREDICTING THE END OF AMERICA.”
this conclusion, reached by reason, leads me to reasonably conclude that the hunger games is real, but just hasn’t happened yet. suzanne collins, if i show up on your doorstep, will you show me your time machine? i wanna tell locke where his ideas end up taking this country.
then i was reading a part of rousseau’s social contract, in which he writes, “finally, each man, in giving himself to all, gives himself to nobody; and as there is no associate over which he does acquire the same right as he yields others over himself, he gains an equivalent for everything he loses…” but in copying this down, i initially wrote “he does acquire the same thing,” only to look back and find i had done so incorrectly. and you’d think i would know that enlightenment thinkers have a vocabulary that extends far past the point of simply saying “thing.”
you know, because they’re smart and stuff.
suzanne collins [opening door of time machine]:
i warn you, y’all, you are not gonna like this.
rousseau [reads this post & does double-take. thinks for a LONG time. then writes:]
it is this author’s reasonable conclusion that the enlightenment is a sham and annie is a fraud and in need of serious psychiatric treatment.
if the enlightenment were a sham, your ideas would have been a product and a contributor thereof. wait…
THIS is why people under popular governments need virtue. otherwise, at best, we end up with situations that are an EMBARRASSMENT TO SOCIETY.
i didn’t know there were two r’s in embarrassment. if this is what Enlightenment looks like, TAKE IT BACK.