Know yourself!
God created Man in his own image,
Water is the element and this is the origin....
War is the father of all things.
He didn't' want to seem best,but to be so.
Seeing the high Gods by her beauty's lure
There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance.
...until political greatness and wisdom meet in one,
It follows that the state belongs to the class of objects
One's country is wherever one does well.
...that devil, envy did all the mischief,which the bad bear unto the good,
But if one should guide his life by true principles,
Give me chastity and continence, but not just now.
Ah God! Had I but studied in the days of my foolish youth.
If all evil were prevented, much good would be
Man was created by nature in such a way that reason might dominate the senses
...how we live is so far removed from how we ought to live,
...a kingdom is best entrusted to someone who is better endowed than the rest
In a state of nature we have....no arts, no letters, no society,
I think, therefore I am.
The only possible fence against the world is a thorough knowledge of it.
He whose honor depends on the opinion of the mob
Legislation considers man as he is in order to turn him to good uses in human society. Out of
to "live in Ease, Without great Vices, is a vain
It is fortunate for men to be in a situation in which,
That action is best, which procures the greatest happiness
All is for the best in the best of possible worlds.
How small - of all that human hearts endure - that part which laws or kings can cause or cure.
Man is born free, and everywhere he is in fetters.
It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker, that we expect our dinner,
Out of timber so crooked as that from which man is made nothing entirely straight can be built.
I offer you "...this picture of the human species, liberated from all chains, freed from the empire
...the age of chivalry is gone. -That of sophisters, economists, and calculators, has succeeded;
And yet all grandeur, all power, all subordination rests on the executioner;
The principal object of the present essay is to examine the effects of one great cause.
But even as we contemplate history as this butcher-block,
One has attributed to history the task, to judge the past, and to instruct the present to the benefi
Human societies are at the same time organisms and mechanisms.
It is better to be a human being dissatisfied than a pig satisfied;
Nothing is easier than to admit in words the truth of the universal struggle for life,
...the theory of the Communists may be summed up in a single sentence:Abolition of private property
Life is essentially appropriation, injury, overpowering of the weaker, suppression, hardness
Society is a reality sui generis; it has its own characteristics which one does not find,
The characteristic of the moment is that the mediocre mind,
...behold the bustling crowds that work and trade in order to make a living..."
And it's not clear to me Who is a beast now, who is a man.
Whereof one cannot speak,thereof one must be silent.
The Human Genome Project "is the grail of human genetics... the ultimate answer to the commandment,
History is a violent elimination game, minimizing A/P.
If there is one of you who has not sinned, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.
In short, there are three things that last, faith, hope and love;

If there is one of you who has not sinned, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.

Name St. John
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Can we learn to love our enemies? And pray for those who prosecute us? Can the Jews love the Germans, or the Palestinians the Jews?
That is what the Lord asks of us.
When the hypocritical pharisees asked Jesus what he thought of Moses' law, ordering a stoning of the adulteress, his answer was the words above.
Christ, like his father, was omniscient. He surely knew about our biological inheritance. How can we, in genetic terms, understand his answer?
Can we not speculate something like this:
All genetically influenced characteristics in our human nature are likely to vary along a normal distribution curve. Of whatever trait we have, some have very much, others very little, and most a medium portion. Intelligence is distributed along such a curve. Another one might well exist for evilness.
We must also recognize that the word "normal" has two meanings.
It can mean that those in the middle of the curve are seen as normal and those at the extremes as not being normal. Mother Theresa showed unnormally little evilness. Shakespeare's King Richard III had unnormally much. This is the way in which the word "normal" usually is used.
The term can be understood in quite another way: anything that exists on a normal distribution curve is normal. Also the extreme ends of the curve are genetically normal in the sense of always recurring, in generation after generation. If we all are on the curve of evil, it follows that all of us have some evilness in us. Who among us has not sinned? Who is able to throw the first stone? That is how Jesus's words also can be interpreted.
In each generation, we find a few who, like Mother Theresa, strive to keep down all evil impulses. But we also find a few who, like Richard III, do not only find pleasure in throwing stones and bombs, but who also harbor omnipotent desires to gain the whole "world for me to bustle in".
As they are normally occurring, all societies must defend themselves against these extremely evil types.
We should perhaps do so, however, without too much hate and blame. Because if these evil types are genetically appearing in all societies and in all generations - Nero, Richard, Stalin - can we really put the blame for their evilness upon themselves? Are they not product of nature? Like God said to Job: "what are you complaining about; also Behemot and Leviathan are my creations!"
Thus there is no use to "dehumanize" the opponent, to look upon him as a bestial animal, to demonize him or to treat him as an all-guilty scapegoat, as has been the case throughout history. Tolstoy showed us how in the Chechen war in the 1850's each
of the three involved ethnic groups, Russians, Cossacks and Chechens, didn't consider the other two as human beings but as "worse than a Tartar".
They were all wrong; all of us are genetically, as Tolstoy concluded, "little Napoleons", ready to kill hundreds of men just to get a useless decoration or a small wage increase.
Neither does it help, however, to turn the other cheek. That can be cynically exploited, as Richard shows us.
This is, indeed, our problem today. With the proliferation of atomic weapons, we have one globally interdependent world. If we want it to continue, history tells us we must by necessity have a global policeman to protect us against atomic evil.
In a way, we are back to Plato's idea of a "philosopher king". As things have been, there is only one candidate for that job for the foreseeable future, the United States or, hopefully, a well-co-thinking USA and Europe in a NATO Superbrain.
In the world as it is, we must firmly guard against the normally occurring, extremely evil men taking over political power within our own nations. Where such men, in other nations, do take political power, we must be prepared to withstand them. Without a globally strong King, there will be atomic chaos.
Let me stress again: most of all, we in the West should guard ourselves from becoming corrupted by the kingly power that history has now given us. We must not become arrogant to such an extent that the rest of the world, in frustrated envy, turns into our terrorist enemy.
To be the global cop is an unavoidable dilemma for the United States or NATO. For two reasons, we should learn to withstand evil without too much blame or hate.
First, all of us have some portion of evilness in us. That should prevent us from throwing stones. Secondly, those who do throw stones might be genetically predisposed to do so.
When that is the case, we must, like a wise philosopher king, firmly prevent their evilness from exploding but, at the same time, pity them for the bad genetic inheritance they were given at birth through no fault of their own.
To ask us to love our enemies may be in vain. To ask the Jews to love the Germans, or the Palestinians the Jews is a bit too much.
But perhaps we could, finally, master the attitude of Plato's philosopher kings.


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