Invoking the power of The Enlightenment; Reason, Freedom, Beauty.
I cherish the values of The Enlightenment.
More precisely, I value the principles which became the hallmarks of Western democracy, made possible by the Age of Reason; religious tolerance (a wall between religion and state), a commitment to scientific inquiry, the emancipation of women and children, a free and uncoerced media, and individual rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. These core ideas are the beating heart of our civilisation and what make it a place worth thriving in - and dying for, as so many of our recent forefathers took it upon themselves to do.
The study of history is the remembrance of men and women who once became game-changers.
It has been observed that those who do not know history are destined to repeat it. Nations, countries and whole civilisations rise and can fall, and their falling is harsh and brutal. Understanding history is the best way to prepare to create the future since it gives us an understanding of the context of the times we live in. My writing has one goal in mind; that is, to give readers a deep appreciation of our current context, so that they can step forward as independent, value-oriented thinkers to help create a future worth defending. What we fail to value, we fail to protect.
Educating our young to be robust in the strength of reason is imperative for them to be able to forge the future with ethical confidence. Political Correctness is not good enough as a default position for this task, because not only is it a spoon-fed value system, it is also a euphemism for being peer-pressured by the opinions of others. Each individual must be able to independently own the responsibility of thinking and judging for themselves, even - if not especially - in the face of intense opposition. A free society is only ever as strong as the individual people who make up its citizenry.