Without mutual help and the cultivation of reason, human beings necessarily live in great misery.
Gist of Idea
Without reason and human help, human life is misery
Baruch de Spinoza (Tractatus Theologico-Politicus , 16.05)
A clarion call from a great voice of the Enlightenment. I agree, but in 2017 the rest of western civilization seems to have given up on this ideal. I blame Adorno and Horkheimer.
Spinoza,Benedict de: 'Theological-Political Treatise', ed/tr. Israel,Jonathan [CUP 2007], p.197