When I was 18 to when I was 23 I was a theology student in Tübingen, Germany. I studied philosophy and theology, and became good friends with my fellow students, the poet Friedrich Hölderlin and Friedrich von Schelling, who was younger than me but already a brilliant philosopher. Oh, we were the best of friends, and Schelling especially was a great influence on me and my ideas. He and my other good friend Holderlin influenced me into studying the work of Immanuel Kant, whom I still admire. I also was greatly influenced by the “Golden Age of German literature” that was going on... lots of writing by Goethe, Schiller...
Back in the day, Germany was busy, busy, busy trying to reform itself and become modernized and revolutionized like the French and the English... but it wasn’t going so well. There wasn’t a representative government or freedom of speech... this also influenced my ideas, especially on what a harmonious society would be like, and how mankind would achieve such a thing.
I was inspired greatly by the French Revolution... oh the Fall of the Bastille in 1789 was a glorious dawn for all thinking beings. I also was inspired and influenced by Napoleon himself... what a powerful and dominating kind of individual.

One very large question that occupied my mind was the nature of humans. Is it natural for people to follow laws and help our community? Or is there a passion inside them that will not be tamed and wants to be selfish? This strained relationship between the reasonable and the passionate side of human beings is something people must overcome... but how?

I believe that we can understand human nature much better by following the history of humankind. History is very important! I am certain that human nature can change from era to era, and there is a very specific pattern to the change. History isn’t just a big jumble of events and people and purposes... there is a rational pattern and significance to how and why things happened in the past. This is something I just came up with...

The Hegelian Dialect. This is a progress of change/progress throughout history.

1. one concept (thesis)
2. generates its opposite (antithesis)
3. their interaction and mixing leads to a new concept (synthesis)
4. which in turn becomes the new thesis.

and repeat...

And if you look at history this way, and analyze it this way... well the ultimate goal of human history is to reach absolute freedom. Freedom means having a rational choice.
But of course... one might think that looking back at history might teach the government something, eh? But.... as I always say...

"What experience and history teach is this—that nations and governments have never learned anything from history, or acted upon any lessons they might have drawn from it."