Michel de Montaigne: the man that was way ahead of his time

Michel de Montaigne

Examining Society’s Divides Through the Eyes of Michel de Montaigne

Feb 20, 2023

It is worth considering what a contemporary philosopher such as Michel de Montaigne might have thought about today’s divided society, particularly in the wake of the recent presidential election in the United States. Michel de Montaigne was known for his sceptical outlook and belief in tolerance and moderation. He would likely have been deeply concerned by the extreme polarization that characterizes modern politics, with individuals and communities entrenched in their beliefs and unwilling to engage with opposing viewpoints.

In light of this, Michel de Montaigne might have argued that we must strive to bridge the divide, listen to one another and engage in meaningful dialogue. He might have pointed to the importance of critical thinking, of questioning our assumptions and of seeking to understand the perspectives of others. In doing so, we might begin to find common ground and work towards a more harmonious society.

Reflecting on the Wisdom of Michel de Montaigne in Today’s World of Politics and Progress

Michel de Montaigne would likely have been disheartened by the current state of politics, in which a bitter, tribalistic struggle for power has replaced the exchange of ideas. Yet, he would also have recognized that this situation is not unique to our time and is a manifestation of a deep-seated human tendency towards conflict and division. In this sense, the challenge of overcoming our differences is as old as humanity itself, and it is one that we must continue to strive to meet.

At the same time, Michel de Montaigne would likely have been cautious about embracing the ideal of progress too readily. He knew that progress often came at a cost and that unintended consequences often accompanied it. In this sense, he might have warned against the dangers of blind faith in progress and of a desire to blindly embrace every new development without considering its potential drawbacks.

As such, Michel de Montaigne would likely have encouraged us to approach progress cautiously, examine its benefits and drawbacks, and chart a course that maximizes the former and minimizes the latter. In this way, we can ensure that our collective advancements enhance the human experience rather than undermine it.


These works provide in-depth insights into Michel de Montaigne’s philosophy, including his beliefs on scepticism, tolerance, moderation, and critical thinking. They also offer an overview of his life and his impact on modern thought.

  1. The Complete Essays by Michel de Montaigne: https://www.amazon.com/Complete-Essays-Michel-Montaigne/dp/0140446044
  2. The Portable Montaigne edited by Donald Frame: https://www.amazon.com/Portable-Montaigne-Penguin-Classics/dp/014015023X
  3. Michel de Montaigne: Accidental Philosopher by Pierre force: https://www.amazon.com/Michel-Montaigne-Accidental-Philosopher-Force/dp/0520244856
  4. The Essays: A Selection edited by M.A. Screech: https://www.amazon.com/Essays-Selection-Penguin-Classics/dp/0140446028
  5. How to Live, or A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer by Sarah Bakewell: https://www.amazon.com/How-Live-Life-Montaigne-Question/dp/1590514831

Other Articles of Interest

Simplifying the Complex: Understanding Psychology for Dummies

by Sol Palha, Lead analyst at Tactical Investor Psychology for Dummies: Understanding the Mind of the Masses Updated  Dec 2022  ...
Read More

Next American Disaster: Student Debt

Calamities are of two kinds: misfortune to ourselves, and good fortune to others. Ambrose Bierce [color-box color="blue"]Student debt is increasing ...
Read More

Kurds seize key rebel-held airbase in northern Syria

The Kurds are one of the best fighters in the Middle-East, even the woman know how to fight, and most ...
Read More

Central bankers embrace Negative interest rate wars

Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone, you may still exist, but you have ceased to live. Mark ...
Read More

Average Student Debt & Student Debt Clock

Average Student Debt The, key ingredient for any crisis are greed, desperation and a fake sense of need, regardless of ...
Read More

One chart illustrates economic recovery 100% fiction

They say a picture is worth a thousand words and this chart is probably worth a lot more.  It illustrates ...
Read More

3 charts illustrating American Economy in trouble

American economy According to the BLS, the unemployment rate is roughly 5%. Shadow statistics, on the other hand, states that ...
Read More

Currency wars intensify: BOJ Stuns markets with negative rates

The BOJ (Bank of Japan) apparently understands that this economic recovery is nothing but rubbish as they lowered rates into ...
Read More

Dealing with stock market losses: A cry for help

I'm not afraid of storms, for I'm learning how to sail my ship…Louisa May Alcott “I am trading poorly. I ...
Read More

Ticking Time Bomb:Student debt increasing 2800 every second

The clock below shows you Ticking Time Bomb:Student debt increasing 2800 every second Student debt is a time bomb waiting ...
Read More

America’s Economy: Is This Recovery Real?

Updated April 2020 America's Economy and the Stock market The Stock market does not care that  America's economic recovery is ...
Read More

Stock Price Manipulation: How To Profit From It

Let us be thankful for the fools. But for them, the rest of us could not succeed. Mark Twain 1835-1910, ...
Read More

Western media: China Won’t be Asia’s Dominant power

[color-box color="blue"] Why China won't be Asia's dominant power? China may be Asia's economic powerhouse but it won't become the ...
Read More

1987 Market Crash:Investors That Focused Market Recovery Made Money

Do not wait for ideal circumstances nor for the best opportunities; they will never come. Anonymous The 1987 Market Crash ...
Read More

Marc Faber Wrong: black Monday crash a buying opportunity

Black Monday crash: All Bark & No Bite Dr Faber aka Marc The Bust Faber continues to provide the best ...
Read More

Brent crude oil price today: Why Did Oil Crash?

Brent crude oil price today: Why is oil crashing The fundamentals in the oil market are simply horrible and based ...
Read More

Raytheon Company setting up bullish pattern

Company Background [color-box color="green"]Raytheon Company, together with its subsidiaries, is a technology Company that specialises in defence and other Government ...
Read More

No U.S Economic recovery:1 in five children on food stamps

 Updated June 2017   There is No U.S Economic recovery; 1 in five children on food stamps  If the economy had improved ...
Read More

AIIB key to a new era in Asian infrastructure building

By Tom McGregor, CNTV Commentator China's remarkable rise has come with greater global responsibilities. Beijing accepts its new role and ...
Read More

Dow Jones Industrial & The Fake Economic Recovery

Updated April 2020 Dow Jones Industrial and the Economy The U.S loves to dictate rules and enjoys pointing a finger ...
Read More

Go west young man; China developing west to encourage migration

By Tom McGregor, CNTV Commentator China has long enjoyed rapid economic growth, but its remarkable success has led to regional ...
Read More