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 principal object of the present essay is to examine the effects of one great cause...the constant tendency in all animated life to increase beyond the nourishment prepared for it.

NameThomas Robert Malthus
Life1766 - 1834
 A "population explosion" among the neighbors, threatening to take over "my" land, is an old scare among the rich. Euripides warned us: too many people was the true cause behind the Trojan war. Many others wrote about it. In 1798 Malthus published, anonymously, the world's major classic on the subject, usually called An Essay on Population. His insight also became the starting point for Darwin. Sooner or later, Malthus said, the growth in human numbers will be greater than the growth in food. We will then have to chose between sexual restraints or catastrophes of warfare or ecology. This is the "Malthusain specter". In the poor part of the world, catastrophes are common. As more than nine-tenths of the new three billion individuals coming between 2000 and 2050, are expected here, more catastrophes are likely. In the rich part of the world, we consider ourselves superior because we have chosen restraints. In Europe we have so few children that we will not even maintain our present population size in the year 2050, UN estimates tell us. Is it really so? Have we really shown moral restraints? Or have we simply chosen material gadgets instead of children? Look around in any city; it is not the people that occupies the space, it is the gadgets. Spacious living houses, huge office buildings, and everywhere cars, going to train stations or air-ports or what not, take up much more space and pollute infinitely more than the few telephone-chattering individuals moving around on the asphalt. It is not we but our gadgets that threaten the environment. It is not the population explosion in the poor
nations, it is the luxurious consumption explosion of the rich, that is our most serious problem. Especially if Mandeville - as I believe - was right in suggesting that luxury is the only way to give bread to the poorest! Have we built ourselves into a system with no sane exit? Is the population explosion even a result of the consumption explosion? Are we prisoners of a viscous circle where the poor demand food to live, causing the rich to justify ever more economic growth and luxury for themselves while in reality helping the poor to produce ever more poor children, demanding an ever higher level of luxury to get more food,....etc. etc., ad infinitum? Worse yet, aren't the sexual "restraints" of the rich also a form of selfishness? Is "female liberation" more a liberation from children than from men? Why do both parents work so hard, if not to get more gadgets? Don't we see something that might well be called "the egoism of the middle age" at the expense of a growing neglect of children? Are we even facing an "intergenerational egoism", one in which a few generations of truly gadget-rich people are saying "après nous, le déluge", after us, ecological doomsday? Why are we always afraid of the population explosion? Of course, because we think there are not enough resources for so many. Malthus issued an intense warning for this population explosion. So far, he has been wrong. Globally, we now succeed in feeding more than one new Italy every single year that passes. If we are seriously worried about future wars and ecological catastrophes, however, we should be even more worried about the consumption explosion of the rich, that is, about the beam in our own eyes!


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