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Hi, Iím John Parillo, originally from Long Island, NY and I currently reside in the middle of nowhere Colorado. I went to school at the Naval Academy because I figured I needed a trade, and I majored in survival and graduation. After barely achieving those goals, I had the great pleasure of deploying to places that I had read about as a kid but barely knew where to find on a map. During that time, I met and worked with some of the finest people imaginable. I saw great and poor leadership, and seeing the rest of the world gave me a profound sense of gratitude for having won the lottery of life by being born in the United States. After a stint on the ground during the Gulf War, I left active duty and worked for a healthcare start-up, and later went to GE in distribution and logistics. I was traded for a six pack of beer and a future draft pick to Penske Logistics which was, at that time, a part of GE Capital. I managed to become both a VP of Operations and Sales, as well as doing some work as a Master Black Belt in statistics. I am retired now, much to the dismay of my dear, long suffering, wife, and enjoy working with my horses and wondering how I got this old this quickly, and what happened to my hair. I have long been fascinated by manís search for meaning. In the immortal words of Jimmy Buffet ďStill 24 hours, maybe 60 good years, itís really not that long a stay.Ē I tend to view current events through the filter of classical thought and believe that there is much that we can, and should, learn from these great voices in our past.

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The Enlightenment and Morality
Hi, Iím John Parillo, 10/10/2021 9:02 AM


While we generally know the enlightenment as a period of great change in politics and economics, it is worth taking some time to consider its effect on morality, especially in light of our past musings on Hebrew theology and the concepts of good and evil as put forth by Plato and Aristotle.

The Politics and Economics of the Enlightenment
Hi, Iím John Parillo, 10/3/2021 9:02 AM

John Locke by Godfrey Kneller, Image: Wikipedia

A major enlightenment philosopher who influenced our founders was John Locke. In his ďFirst Treatise of GovernmentĒ he epitomizes the enlightenment movement by attacking the idea that kings have been given any divine right of rule. Like other enlightenment philosophers, he sees manís relationships as natural ones but, unlike Hobbs and Spinoza, sees in that same natural law an order that makes us all subservient to our Lord and God and also all equal as men.

The Enlightenment as a Political Movement
Hi, Iím John Parillo, 9/26/2021 9:04 AM

Thomas Hobbes, Image: Wikipedia

The Enlightenment, started as a reaction to the significant advances in math and science, particularly Isaac Newtonís mathematical modeling of planetary movement, which described their orbits without the traditional process of metaphysics, the understanding of the planetís first principles. From there, the movement followed the scientific principle of skepticism using ďprove itĒ, as the standard for knowledge.

The Enlightenment and The Science of Man
Hi, Iím John Parillo, 9/19/2021 9:01 AM

Isaac Newton, Image: Wikipedia

The success of Newton mathematical model of planetary movement made the scientific study of mankind inevitable. That study changes the ďnatureĒ of man from something that was ďcreated in His imageĒ to just another animal.

The Enlightenment - Empiricism and Skepticism
Hi, Iím John Parillo, 9/12/2021 9:02 AM

Principia Mathematica by Isaac Newton, Image: Wikipedia

If Descartes was the founder of the rationalist movement, then Francis Bacon would best be known as the founder of the empiricist movement.

On 9-11
Hi, Iím John Parillo, 9/11/2021 8:33 AM

Tom Burnett, Image: Wikipedia

I was at work when my wife called and told me to get to a TV. I went to the diner next to the office just in time to watch the second plane hit.

Science Rationalism and the Enlightenment
Hi, Iím John Parillo, 9/5/2021 5:03 PM

Decartes, Image: Wikipedia

The age of enlightenment in the mid 1700ís was led by thinkers such as Voltaire, Descartes, and Montesquieu in France, and Kant and Mendelssohn in Germany. These philosophers believed that a new world was dawning.

Post Modernism and the Commandments
Hi, Iím John Parillo, 8/29/2021 10:03 AM
There have been many attempts to articulate a system of morality in the absence of religion. Since we know the Hebrew philosophy is critical to the creation of Western Civilization, it is also critical to understand the critiques of those same philosophies.

The Ten Commandments Part II
Hi, Iím John Parillo, 8/22/2021 10:01 AM

10 Commandments, Image: Wikipedia

Part II of this series covers Commandments 4-10.

Thoughts on Our Defeat in Afghanistan
Hi, Iím John Parillo, 8/16/2021 1:34 PM
Of Afghanistan I would ask, what problem was it that we were trying to solve? I will not attempt to answer that, because I do not know. And that is the problem.


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