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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Thanksgiving Reflections

I was at a Thanksgiving Dinner (though it had no Thanksgiving food) on Thursday, and each table was reflecting about what everyone was thankful for.

"I am thankful for...

- Cognition: which sets Man apart from the (lower) animals and enables us to reflect upon life
- Pluralism: because diversity makes life interesting
- Rationality: as it lets us adjudicate between competing truth claims
- Liberalism: because a spirit of tolerance permits freedom
- Liberty: which gives us the freedom to do what we want to do"

NB: Liberalism refers to attitudes, whereas Liberty refers to active restraints.

For example a formalised dress code would be a lack of Liberty, whereas other people mocking your outfit would be a lack of Liberalism.
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