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 and whole civilisations rise and can fall. Understanding history is the most powerful way to prepare to create our future since it gives us an understanding of the context of the times we live in. My writing has one goal in mind: to give readers a deep appreciation of our current context through connecting it to our past, so they can step forward as value-oriented thinkers to help create a future worth defending. What we fail to value, we fail to protect. Olivia Pierson