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;

But even as we contemplate history as this butcher-block, on which the happiness of nations, the wisdom of states, and the virtues of individuals have been sacrified, the question, by necessity, also enters the mind, to whom, for what ultimate end have these, the most monstrous sacrifices been made.

NameAnna Akhmatova
Life1889 - 1966
Sometimes Hegel looked upon man as a mad animal. But he was not brave enough to take the position of Thales that he himself, (as well as his "History mounted on a horseback", that is, Napoleon) was nothing but an inflated bacteria from a drop of water. He realized reality. He called it a "butcher-block", not an "altar", as some translations give. But he was not courageous enough to look it completely in the face. Like most men, he wanted some consolation for life's suffering. Like most of us, he searched for some "meaning" behind it. Hegel found both consolation and meaning in some God-like "World Spirit" who used suffering as an instrument for human progress. A perfectly organized State with increased freedom for all, would be the compensation. We recognize Heraclit's idea about the benefits of war. We might suspect that Hegel had been influenced by Mandeville's scandalous proposal, that the death of the most destitute was put off by the wasteful luxury living of the rich. He certainly had studied Leibniz's theodicy-problem: if God is both good and omnipotent, why do we have all this suffering? Hegel couldn't bring himself to say: "Well, it just is so! Had he left out all the talk of a "meaning", Hegel's observations were not so far from a modern, more scientific view.
It is, indeed, the suffering connected to "creative destruction" that brings us material progress. It is, indeed, the need to stimulate individuals to give their best inside "co-thinking Superbrains" that makes the growth of freedom predetermined, as said on page 00. This progress, however, is by no means the "meaning" of history. It is simply the result of a ruthlessly competitive progress, as Adam Smith and Joseph Schumpeter have so well demonstrated. What then - if any - is the meaning of life? Go back to Thales and Lucretius! It is simply to live! My cat evidently enjoys living, waking up in the morning dew, eating, licking his wife once in a while, eating again, taking another nap in the afternoon sun, eloping to some cat discotheque when darkness sets in. Why all this chasing after wind? The words of the Ecclesiastes are still valid. All these billionaire fortunes, all this superficial hoopla in the weekly magazines, all this fame, they are but chasing after wind. Especially if it is true, as twin-studies indicate (p. 00), that happiness is a feeling that to some 80 percent is biologically innate and independent of billions and fame. Ever more so if the other 20 percent depends upon a "relative" amount of billions and fame. (p.00) "A little is never lacking", said Lucretius. I wish Hegel had realized that instead of searching for any muddled meaning in a "perfect State", because that, through his pupil Marx, was what gave the justification for a new bout of suffering for Anna Akhmatova and her millions of fellow-sufferers.


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