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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;
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History is a violent elimination game, minimizing A/P.

NameGunnar Adler-Karlsson
Life1933
CountrySweden
CategoryMeditator
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There is now one, and only one, truly serious challenge for the youth of the world. That is to stay alive for a few thousand, perhaps a few million years more.
For 364 days of mankind's first megayear (see p. 00 Descartes), we lived in small family kingdoms and spread slowly across the globe. On New Years Eve of the next megayear, we united the tens of thousands of small social units into ever fewer and bigger ones, a process that is now called globalization.
The rulers, A, have become ever fewer; the population, P, ever more numerous. Write that as a fraction, A/P, and it tends towards 1/oo, which is 0.
This highly abstract way of expressing the present human condition, with only two prime factors, may also point us in the right direction if we want to postpone the coming of a "zero" mankind.
Most doomsday discussions concentrate upon the P, upon the effects of the Malthusian population and consumption explosion, destroying nature and, as Euripides suggested, leading to wars.
My conviction is that at least equally much concentration should be given to the "A's", that is, to the struggle for power between juice-driven adrenalinomaniacs. No doubt, it is this struggle for power that lies behind both the urge to wars, the unending technological arms race poisoning nature and, even, the population explosion.
What lies behind this struggle, central to both Heraclitus and Machiavelli? Marx answered: the class struggle, the conflict between rich and poor. And, indeed, today we can intuit a global class warfare between that fifth of humanity who creates and appropriates nine tenth of all progress, and that fifth which, according to UN estimates, lives on a dollar a day or, generously, three.
What, then, lies behind class warfare? Euripides pointed to the hubris, to the arrogance of the successful. Augustine, to "that devil envy" for the less so. Why do we fall into the viscous circle of arrogance and envy, feeding each other?
My hunch is that we may glean some wisdom from my philosophers.There is especially one pattern that intrigues me.
Assume that Durkheim is right. The cultural Superbrains are living organisms, sui
generis, since some ten thousand years ago. If so, why shouldn't Malthus, too, be right in suggesting that these Superbrains have a "constant tendency...to increase beyond the nourishment prepared" for them? That is, a constant unconscious tendency to imperialism, colonialism and expansion?
If so, it follows that Darwin's analytical truth about the violence of evolution - however normatively horrible - applies also to our "cultural" societies. It could help us understand the horrors of inter-European behaviour since at least 1789, as well as the globalization process.
As that "Heraclitian" process, for good and evil, has now taken us to a globally united world with six billion interdependent human beings, class warfare is also bound to become global, as well as feelings of arrogance and envy.
These feelings are, I believe, genetically based. They have, most likely, been highly relevant in the struggle for existence, for instance, in the form of the global class struggle between socialism and capitalism in the past century. With our new atomic and other terror weapons, mankind cannot afford another century of such violence.
That is the challenge to the next generations of young people! And, this is also my conviction, nothing will be more helpful for them than the fast growing genetic knowledge of ourselves. It tells us that the blame for our misfortunes should not be put on specific human scapegoats, but on some genes we all share. Neither do the successful deserve too much praise, especially not too much arrogant self-praise, because, more than anything else, they were lucky when their genetic cards were dealt, in their parents' bed.
Equipped with such genetic insights, mankind should be able to keep down both arrogance and envy, as well as suicidal behavior resulting from these aberrations in our earlier history.
Nothing will help us survive our next megayear, the next 10,000 years, as much as the wise council from Delphi: know yourself - genetically!
 

 
 


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