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 age of chivalry is gone. -That of sophisters, economists, and calculators, has succeeded; and the glory of Europe is extinguished forever.

NameEdmund Burke
Life1729 - 1797
The French Revolution of 1789 is the watershed, not only in European history but in European thinking as well. It was an enormously brutal affair, with the mob falling into a beastially bloody behavior, whipped on by ideologically blinded men to kill whoever did not conform to their monotheistic power urge. The hopeful dreams of Condorcet died with him in the prison into which the mob had thrown him, their great defender. The guillotine was invented, symbolically motivated as a progress on man's road to full humanism. This is because it was a more effective way to chop off heads than the sword of the famous Sansons. Efficiency in murder becomes humanism! Edmund Burke, sitting on the other side of the Channel, became more and more horrified - as my generation has been by the Gulag and Auschwitz. He grabbed his pen and wrote his Reflections on the Revolution in France. It was published only a year after the first bloody explosion and became a huge success. Chivalry is now gone, says Burke, even before the beautiful head of Marie Antoinette was rolling in the mud. With that head and others, the optimistic dreams of the Enlightenment, as well as the golden rules by Hutcheson, Bentham and Kant, were also chopped off. What remained was vulgar sophisters, economists, and calculators. So it was. So it is. Burke had the right premonition. Chivalrous Christian knights, protecting widows and orphans, who had been transformed into grandious moral philosophers, were out. Petty-minded economists took over. Was that bad? Is it bad? We are again forced to look at the difference between intentions and consequences.
The laments of the Enlightenment were the same as those of Amos: the world is unjust, a revolution against it is justified and can only give good results! The revolution, for which the philosophers must surely bear some responsibility, came. Barbarous bloodbaths came, too. But good results did not. After only a few years, a new dictator, Napoleon, took power. His only way of calming the masses was to turn them against external enemies. He wanted to unify Europe under his own monotheistic rule. To that aim, he killed half a million of the best youth of France in his mad attempt to conquer Moscow. The intentions were good. The results, again, were horrible. In England, private egoism was permitted, almost celebrated, to overtake good intentions. Work hard, enrichez-vous, take care of your own well-being and take responsibility for your own family! By such thinking and acting, England became the first nation of the "industrial revolution" and the leading power in the world until the first world war in 1914. The wealth produced for egoistic reasons gave a demand for labor and natural resources that led money down to the poor in both England and the colonies. Sure, in no way did it do away with poverty. But, as Mandeville had shown, it at least gave work and food to the growing masses. The intentions of the "calculators" had in no way any "chivalrous" nature. It was plain egoism. But the results were good, creating wealth in England and the beginning of the "population explosion" in the rest of the world. Now, what do your prefer: good altruistic intentions and bad results, or bad egoistic intentions and good results?


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