From a comment thread Cantanima’s.

“The Roman Empire was pretty great and enlightened. However, due to mismanagement and the rise of superstitious, sexually repressed, fundamentalist Christianity, it was stifled and fell. There followed a thousand years of ‘Dark Ages,’ during which the biggest innovation was The Black Death. Then came the Renaissance, when people celebrated their open-minded pagan roots and cast off the shackles of Christianity. From then on, everything was mostly happy, save for a continuing rear-guard action fought by those religious nuts, such as the Inquisition, the Galileo affair, or the Scopes Monkey Trial. Thankfully, science and sexual liberation has reigned triumphant, thanks to people like Voltaire, The Marquis De Sade, and Carl Sagan. The end.”


I actually want to read a bit of Voltaire, the little I know of him makes me curious.