- Always be critical. Don’t just automatically accept the verdicts of ‘authorities’.
- Like it or not, people are part of a greater whole. If we destroy the world, we destroy ourselves.
- As long as they do not try to inhibit the freedom of people who think differently to them and regard their own opinions as true and absolute, debating -with anyone- is worthwhile.
- Don’t just help yourself but also help other people when days are dark. Enlightenment is about including
- Don’t be dogmatic. An open dialogue with a free exchange of ideas and views, is enriching.
- Enlightenment is based on freedom, equality and solidarity. This means, among other things, respect for others.
- Freedom of speech is not a licence to insult. This may well seem morally correct but it is not viewed that way legally: according to the European Convention on Human Rights, freedom of speech also includes the right to insult.
- Develop a critical attitude, but start with yourself.
- Spirituality, a form of belief that does not involve absolute truths, can provide meaning.
- Even if this test was scientifically valid, it would be a mistake to accept it unthinkingly. What you regard as true or valuable today might be quite different tomorrow. After all, Enlightenment starts with a critical attitude and a healthy dose of doubt.
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