Now here is an example of an enlightened human being, in the sense of being truly civilized. Made famous by Oprah Winfrey, Dr. Mehmet Oz was born into a Muslim-American family from Turkey, but he has picked and chosen his views from Islam and other philosophies obviously according to normal human decency, discarding whatever would make him uncivilized. According to Oz’s Wiki article:

His father’s family believes in the integration of Islam and government, his mother’s family are secular Muslims. He has been influenced by the mysticism of Sufi Muslims, as well as the ideas of Emanuel Swedenborg, the Swedish scientist, philosopher, and Christian theologian. He recently wrote in Spirituality and Health Magazine that “As I came into contact with Swedenborg’s many writings, I began to understand Swedenborg’s profound insights and how they applied directly to my life”. He mentions Swedenborg’s ideas that marriage lasts to eternity, everyone has a purpose in this world, God is love, and Swedenborg’s answers to “Why do bad things happen?”

Oz is a practitioner of Transcendental Meditation. “When I meditate, I go to that place where truth lives,” he said. “I can see what reality really is, and it is so much easier to form good relationships then.”

You can see Dr. Oz communicating with – horrors! – uncovered women in a civilized, intelligent and respectful manner, as ALL TRUE HUMAN BEINGS SHOULD DO.

And that enlightened civility is precisely what the freedoms provided by the sacred ideas embodied in the American Constitution allow people to develop, giving them basic human rights and opportunities.