Richly researched creating a robust read. Now I want to determine my own Scottish heritage, hinted to be towards the Drummonds. The book itself talks to the triumphant of the Scottish Enlightment. Could America be finally entering into our own Enlightment. Instead of waiting for history to determine this, we should declare this and make it so.
Selected quotes and questions.
page 76: “How do human beings become moral beings, who treat each other with kindness, regard and cooperation, rather than brutality and savagery?”
page 83: “No man stands alone, …”
page 320: “Don’t think, try.” ~ John Hunter (personal note, three words that I need to slap myself with repeatedly)
page 343: “Self-help is the ancestor of all self-help and motivational books and audio tapes, the indispensable vade mecums of the person who feels overwhelmed by the tide and tempo of modern life.”
page 389″ “Knowledge is of little use, when confined to mere speculation.”
page 427: “Yet the great insight of the Scottish school was that politics offers only limited solutions to life’s intractable problems; …”
page 428″ “The great insight of the Scottish Enlightenment was to insist that human beings need to free themselves from myths and to see the world as it really is…”
From the resources and recommended reading section in the back, John Preble looks to be my next Scottish reading. He writes on Culloden, Glencoe, and The Clearances.
This is a great book. At times very sobering – the tragedy of Culloden. At other times very soaring – the triumph of what it means to be Scogttish.