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;

The characteristic of the moment is that the mediocre mind, aware of its own mediocrity, is bold enough to affirm the rights of mediocrity and to impose them everywhere.

NameJosé Ortega y Gasset
Life1883 - 1955
The masses of people are, of course, justified in being "tired of living and scared of dying", as the "ol'man river" of social development rolls on. Just as the elites, they try to grab power. But the more they cry for it, the less they get. We have literary sources for some 4,000 years. For 3,850 of them, slavery was a normal institution. Only in the 1600's did the Quakers start to question the justice of it. After 200 years of discussion, action followed. Slavery was formally abolished in the British Empire in 1833, in Russia in 1861 and in the United States in 1865. What Marx called "wage slavery" came instead. After the abolition of slavery, however, Leopold II of Belgium had his wage slaves kill at least five million Africans in his hunt for rubber. The suffering of the wage slaves, who didn't get any jobs, was extreme during the super-inflation in Germany in the 1920's and the European crisis of the 1930's. Such being our history, we should not be surprised that the masses, as Ortega y Gasset then showed in his book on "The Rebellion of the Masses", desired to make themselves the norm of everything by demanding "equality". What did they get? We now live in a "knowledge society". Its winners are those who, faster than others, are able to organize "co-thinking Superbrains" in the field of information and genomics. In this "knowledge based" competitive arms race, new gaps have materialized, now based not on physical but on mental strength. Why? For three reasons that we are loath to acknowledge: Nature has given us significant
innate differences in intelligence; These differences are crucial to success in the competitive race; and Freedom is determined, as shown on page 00. You cannot whip wage slaves into using their brains to the maximum. You must pay them, generously. And those who, with the stimulus of huge income carrots, are extra skilled in uniting highly intelligent "career slaves" into knowledge-based Superbrains, can earn spectacular fortunes. If the figures of the United Nations can be trusted, my "minimization of A/P" is well documented for the latest forty years. The richest one fifth of humanity had 30 times as high an income in 1960 as the poorest; 60 times in 1990; and 74 times in 1997 when three individual billionaires had more assets than 600 million fellowmen had in one yearly income! That is: 3 A/600,000,000 P. Aren't the huge fortunes also used to buy the media and to influence the politicians of the "demos"? Aren't they used to create a global plutocracy behind the guise of democracy? The more the masses of Ortega y Gasset talk about creating a mediocratic society, the less they get one. At least if we judge by material gaps. And yet, something that UN authors might question more than they do is: is it not this huge economic success at the top of the concentrated knowledge society that has given the poor nations the means to increase their population with 600 million individuals in less than ten years? Given the egoism in human nature, do not the poorest 600 millions, as Mandeville suggested, live thanks to the ferocious struggle for power and luxury at the top of the global Superbrain? If so, might it be better to work with, rather than against, this human nature?


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