“A Passion for Reason” – a little satire to promote the Classics by Sarah M. Fredericks, Irish (1960-present)
I wrote the above poem while reading about The Age of Reason (The Enlightenment) which occurred in 17th and 18th century Europe. A group of philosophical intellectuals decided that instead of relying on traditions and superstitions (especially those based on faith), they should emphasize individualism, reason, the scientific method, and reading the Classics to advance society. By publishing critical texts, dictionaries, and encyclopedias, these philosophers spread literacy across Europe. To help me remember some of the philosophical theories of The Age of Reason, I wrote “A Passion for Reason.” I have not included everyone, so my apologies to Sir Francis Bacon, John Locke, Isaac Newton, a host of others, and all the exhausted philosophers’ wives. Well, it is true: behind every successful man, philosopher or not, there is an exhausted woman!
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Carpe Librum!📚Seize the Book, and let the page-turning begin!
Sarah M. Fredericks © 2015