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Voice: Could this be enlightenment in 2002?

June 22, 2002

Thank you, L. Rosales, for your recent letter, "Evidence shows that this was not founded as a Christian nation," because you are absolutely correct!

One has but to pick up the trail of where the Founding Fathers left off, namely the text of the "Two Treatises of Government" by John Locke, and then to read all the letters and documents of the Founding Fathers to know in which direction our nation was truly headed.

This would perhaps be easier if students were encouraged to disregard what is currently being taught in our modern educational indoctrination process "by avoiding at all cost lengthy verbosity and archaic words!" In fact, I believe students would be embarrassed to realize just how intelligent these men were, in comparison.

I said jokingly to someone quite recently that "Age of Reason" by Thomas Paine should be the text in which all incoming immigrants should pass for admittance. I truly believe this!

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But nobody explains enlightenment better than Immanuel Kant. He defines enlightenment as "man's release from his self-incurred tutelage. Tutelage is man's inability to make use of his understanding without direction from another. And that laziness and cowardice are the reasons why so great a portion of mankind remains under lifelong tutelage and why it is so easy for others to set themselves up as their guardians."

I believe our Founding Fathers were neither lazy nor cowards and theirs was the path of enlightenment.

MARIE KRUZEL

Salton City

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