Absolutism And Humanism

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The Humanists’ fascination with antiquity:
The humanists’ worldview was different from that of a layperson, implying from the text. Their appreciation of Greek and Roman literature shows their love for linguistic expression and its effects. Petrarch, who is known to be the pioneer of humanism, had a great sense of appreciation for evidence based claims. This appears to be a concept, rather interesting, as poetry and writings appear to be merely opinions in today’s world. However, the conflation of facts and poetry, was an absolutely marvelous stepping-stone for the European—this, in fact, push-started the progression of the society towards reason and logic. Furthermore, Leonard Bruni’s inclination towards intellectual study of social affairs
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If it weren’t for his rejection of a supreme authority with subjective concepts of morality or social stability, today’s Europe would be one step back from where it is now. His belief in absolutism meant that the concepts of rationality and scientific, factual methods should be used to govern the society. The rite of governance given to clergymen or Pope’s was of no benefit in the eyes of Thomas. This concept helped generate an egalitarian society. In fact, the concept of democracy, I believe, rose from these very concepts. The efforts to create an egalitarian society are evident in his writing: “from this equality of ability, ariseth equality of hope in the attaining of our ends.” However, the limitation of the notion provided by Thomas shows that humans, as selfish beings, cannot work together in harmony as the greed of attaining more cause conflict between the two. As he writes: “And therefore if any two men desire the same thing, which nevertheless they cannot both enjoy, they become enemies.” Albeit true, it can be applied in one context and not another. Hence, the theory is valid in situations where resources are less; this, now, as we know, is not applicable because we have the resources readily available to us. Therefore, is human as selfish as Thomas shows? Humans are not inanimate objects and behave differently in different situations; hence, to group them as selfish beings…show more content…
I strongly believe that this part of history has been apologetically horrifying for both the victims of slave trade and its perpetrators. It has been the struggle of years which led the Europeans to stand on their feet firmly, from Thomas Hobbes identifying a new political structure to the study of Greek languages. However, the efforts went in vain due to the embarking of Africans to white lands where they were tagged and branded on the chest with labels of their masters to whom they belonged/served. It is evident, in the passage, the way writer describes the anguish and torture as: “When the women and girls are taken on board a ship, naked, trembling, terrified, perhaps almost exhausted with cold, fatigue and hunger, they are often exposed to the wanton rudeness of white savages.” This history shows the origins of racism that we see in today’s world and where it stems from. With all the mercy and gems the history has bestowed upon Europe, this curse accompanies them. Lest, the historical evidence provided is biased, it is in today’s attitudes towards colored people, which we see; people still get segregated and racially profiled for being colored. This, in particular, gives us the insight of the struggles on Blacks who make up a substantial
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