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Laud of Purified Reason - the period of cosmography
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Laud of Purified Reason
Laud of Purified Reason
Ban religion from public life,
Superstition,
And then certain sciences,
Certain ideologies,
Vulgar opinion,
The views of the uneducated,
Feelings that break out
Inadequately,
Everything bothersome
– All things unsavoury that might pain the mind,
And everything
That has not been deduced
In strictest logic from cold facts,
The untameable spark of the soul.
Peace on earth,
And in thy spirit.
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anselmo_b From: anselmo_b Date: July 13th, 2012 11:11 am (UTC) (Link)
A translation for the sake of my anglophone friends. I hope to have achieved it better than Google translate. Still, I think that jackfirecat had was right in his feeling that German is the more appropriate language for this poem.
jackfirecat From: jackfirecat Date: July 14th, 2012 10:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
alfheibung

[parthenon... no one now worships those gods...] So how do we as a civilisation and a culture retain what is of value and of beauty ... in the contributions gifted to us by the past ... while discarding the superstition, the censorship, the torture

Christopher Hitchins at 0:16:42 in

Edited at 2012-07-14 10:18 pm (UTC)
anselmo_b From: anselmo_b Date: July 15th, 2012 10:09 am (UTC) (Link)
Are Parthenons, superstition, censorship, and torture the products of religion? Or is religion part of a culture that brings them about, and therefore tainted and gifted in the same way? I don't like Mr. Hitchens. His question has to me the same fallacious ring of a zealot asking: Can we have science and not build atomic bombs? Can we have communism and no gulags? Can we have pubs and still not have people gratuitously beaten up in them by drunks?
Is religion that which makes culture evil? Is the pub that which causes people to be beaten up? The zealot doesn’t care about gulags or atomic bombs, he wants people to believe, think and act the way he thinks it’s right.
-- And yet, most of my friends admire Hitchens, so I must be overseeing something.
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