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Preface
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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It is better to be a human being dissatisfied than a pig satisfied; better to be Socrates dissatisfied than a fool satisfied.

NameJohn Stuart Mill
Life1806 - 1873
CountryEngland
CategoryWisdom
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The full text of this quote from Mill's book on Utilitarianism adds: "And if the fool, or the pig, is of a different opinion, it is because they only know their own side of the question. The other party to the comparison knows both sides." This is slightly surprising. Can it really be that Mill, this "God of liberalism," is elitist enough to compare a human being to a pig? You might suspect it, especially as he also shows open contempt for "the common herd, including the herd of writers, not only in newspapers and periodicals, but in books of weight and pretension..." He seems to share Machiavelli's opinion that "in the world there is nothing but the mob". Mill makes two distinctions. One, made before cloning, is between Socrates and a pig. The other between satisfaction and dissatisfaction. Go back to what Socrates said: "There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance." He well knew the Delphic phrase: knowledge about yourself. Mill said many things worth quoting. For instance, if you "ask yourself whether you are happy, you cease to be so." We have mentioned two studies suggesting this may be true. Eighty percent of the feeling of happiness seems to be biologically innate, p. 00. No use asking questions; it just is necessarily so! And material contentment in man as in mouse, p. 00, seems to be a relative thing, catching us in an arms race for satisfaction that will never end. Pigs, however, and some fools, who have eaten enough and copulated enough, are satisfied. They harbor no higher ambitions to gain knowledge, not even of themselves. Is it much different in a so-called civilization where everything turns around the Golden Calf? The excellent journal, the New
Yorker - able to give you a weekly shot of laughter - showed a cartoon in which two angels nervously observed our Lord, who was looking down on our planet with a highly dissatisfied posture. "It has yet to turn a profit", one angel whispered to the other. There may not be any solutions to the world's problems. The struggle between good and evil is bound to continue without an end. That is, at least, the conclusion of one of our deepest scholars of evil, Norman Cohn. If that is so, it also follows that there is no limit to the knowledge we need in order to avoid the biggest misfortunes in the future. Knowledge is like a little round point. Our knowledge about what we don't know is like a centimeter outside of the point's circular periphery. The bigger our point of knowledge, the bigger yet becomes our circle of known ignorance, outside of which we then have an ignorance that we don't even know about! Thus, serious men and women, unlike pigs or fools, never are satisfied with material advance alone. They will always strive for more then they already have, but only of knowledge. The latest, most serious attempt to understand ourselves is the Human Genome Project, explaining our genetic building blocks, (see p. 00). It complicates Mill's destinction between man and pig because now we can clone pigs, to which we with genetic ingenuity have given our own individual human immune system. In the future all of us will have a "spare-part-pig" at home. When our organs are hurt in traffic accidents or start getting old, we will be able to replace all of them with "xenotransplantations" and organs from our own little pig. With the exception, hopefully, for the human brain and its desire for Socrates' one and only good, knowledge.
 

 
 


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