Tree of Knowledge
Humankind has eaten the fruit of the tree of knowledge
Our knowledge increases, our power to both create and destroy increases with it - we must each learn to take responsibility for own own future
The means to do so is through the continual seeking out of moral & empirical truth
Humanity can no longer afford self-delusion nor allow groups to take on our individual moral responsibilities
Freedom is not a gift bestowed upon us by other men, but a right that belongs to us by the laws of God and nature.
Benjamin Franklin
If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.
Thomas Jefferson
Condemnation without investigation is the height of ignorance.
Albert Einstein
Duty is the price you must pay for the privilege of seeing yourself as the kind of person you want to be.
Stephen W. Browne
I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do.
Professor Bernardo de la Paz
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, by Robert A. Heinlein
Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err. It passes my comprehension how human beings, be they ever so experienced and able, can delight in depriving other human beings of that precious right.
Mahatma Gandhi
The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of the community, against his will, is to prevent [direct] harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not a sufficient warrant.
John Stuart Mills
Cowardice asks the question, 'Is it safe?' Expediency asks the question, 'Is it politic?' But conscience asks the question, 'Is it right?' And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but because conscience tells one it is right.
Martin Luther King Jr.
Many have come to believe that the body of law has it's origins in government, but this is false. The body of law can only codified by governments. In truth law comes into being from the order that naturally derives from the personal liberty of all in a civil society.
When freedoms are diluted & diminished, so too shall the order and law that stems from it. It therefore follows that the society which restricts itself to the defense of individual rights and thus individual liberty, shall be the most ordered and lawful society possible.

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