When I was a teenager, I believed in a lot of fringe ideas that I’ve long since rejected by now. Never really that strongly (it only took one major failed prediction for me to stop believing in psychic prophecy), but I was “pretty sure” about a lot of things where what I’d say now would range from “very unlikely” to “definitely not”.
I never really took the specific claims of ufologists as seriously as cryptozoology or even the Bermuda triangle, but I did read a lot of UFO books and think there was probably something unexplained that people were seeing. (Technically I’d still say there are unexplained UFOs; the belief I’ve rejected is the “all ordinary explanations have been ruled out” claim.)
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I can’t write a detailed post with this headache, but I don’t see a need to add much to this anyway.
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It’s in the name of the blog, so it’s what I’m going to talk about today.
The word enlightenment can mean different things in different contexts, but for my blog it refers to the general definition of the word; the state of having knowledge that lets us understand things better. Anyone who learns is constantly improving; metaphorically, at least, we understand more than we did the minute before. I’m on the edge of enlightenment because solving even a major mystery usually just makes one aware of the next. And there’s nothing so perfect that it can’t be improved, after all.
The fact that The Enlightenment is also the name of the historical era where people finally started to figure things out is hardly unwelcome either, though. Though really, “historical era” is a questionable way to refer to it, because the age in which human knowledge is being increased at a rapid pace is hardly over yet.
Remember, remember the Fifth of November,
The Gunpowder Treason and Plot,
I know of no reason
Why the Gunpowder Treason
Should ever be forgot.
If you’re American like me, you probably know that from V for Vendetta rather than from any actual celebration, so please also remember that, unlike what V for Vendetta arguably implied and Anonymous definitely seems to think, Guy Fawkes was NOT fighting against tyranny (and definitely not an anarchist); he just wanted to kill the (Protestant) king and replace him with a Catholic head of state, which would have been very unlikely to lead to greater freedom for the English people at that time.
Guy Fawkes Day is, of course, supposed to celebrate Fawkes’s failure, not his attempt.