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Overcoming nature's barriers

Freedom means an independence from nature

Freedom was not for Fichte an end in itself, or something to be found in nature. It was certainly not a return to anything that once existed. Freedom meant an independence from nature. Only then would there be scope for the spontaneous and creative activity, which Dante had held analogous to that of the first Creator in whose image man was made - the creative activity that distinguished man from beasts and deified the Absolute I as God-like. Only with such freedom ‘could a new equality arise - a uniform progress of culture in all individual men’. Rousseau’s reduction of humanity to ‘a race of animals’ was the threat to be confronted. After all, a bestial docility was not altogether undesirable to those who would exploit the productive capacity of such ‘free’ individuals. The return to nature in Rousseau was a Spinozist and kabbalistic ‘return’.

(From Child of Encounter)

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From the archive: State within a state

Turning helix Turning helix
I chose active thinking. I chose Love. This was the resurrection of the self, the victory over death.
And the multiplicity became mine to behold.
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Just a thought: In 1609 the Bank of Amsterdam was founded, modelled on the practices of the Bank of Venice. Later that same year the Treaty of Antwerp was signed, with the Spanish forced to recognise the independence of their former Dutch colony. Venice was the first government in Europe to recognise Dutch independence, and it was to Venice that the Dutch first sent an ambassador. John Dunn (Renaissance: Counter-Renaissance)

The Oxford to Cambridge Arc 3 The Oxford to Cambridge Arc 3
Further additions to the project, starting with the Buckingham to Newport Pagnell leg of Ogilby's 1675 Oxford to Cambridge route.
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England idyll on Dr John Dunn. Motorcycle England & Wales
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In search of the historical, quirky and unusual features of the English countryside as seen from the saddle.

Join me as I follow maps, park up and take a look around. CLICK HERE

“Seeking out historical places of interest has given me wonderful motorcycling opportunities over the years… roads and little lanes, through a variety of landscapes that bear the scars, marks and imprints of those that have trodden, worked and fought on the land before us.”

“Any excursion, whether it be by motorcycle, car, bicycle or on foot, is always better for having an object, or goal in mind. I could take no pleasure in riding around just for the sake of it. There has to be a mission.”

“I ride my motorcycle to seek out things ancient, quirky and monumental, taking in the views, and ‘reading’ the landscape,its geology and history, as I do so.”

Original commentary to all videos researched, written and read by John Dunn.

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