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;

I. It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker, that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest.
II. The division of labor is limited by the extent of the market.

NameAdam Smith
Life1723 - 1790
Thirteen years before the first great European revolutionary disaster, in 1776, Adam Smith published his An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations. In the Anglo-Saxon world this book is the major moral competitor to the Bible. As British political and American economic colonialism has carried the economy to most of the rest of the world, the Wealth of Nations, as it is commonly called, is arguably even more important than the Bible. To one, one confesses on Sundays. To the other, one offers daily prayers. The basic "laissez faire" idea behind it is a British or Scottish skepticism against all attempts of kings or laws or philosophers to lay down any general formula of behavior for creating happiness or for realizing some undefined general will. In essence, Smith says: leave people alone! Let especially those of them who are enterprising work as hard as they wish for their own egoistic satisfaction. If they specialize in what they do best, they will produce much more of it than they themselves can consume. Then they will start to barter and exchange their own goods and services with those who have done likewise. The net result will be an ever higher production demanding ever more employment and thus diminishing the material suffering in the world. Anybody who reads the financial pages will recognize that this idea is still the leading star for the "free market adherents", the strongest worldly religion we now have. And who can point to anything better in the world as it really is? There are at least two major troubles with this teaching. Material
gaps between rich and poor are bound to grow in a free market system. That is the first problem. So it was in 1776, clearly a contributing cause to the French Revolution a few years years later. Nobody, not even Smith, knew how to create a less unequal society. This is equally much the case at the beginning of the 21st century, leading to what? Adam Smith clearly recognized a second big difficulty with his theory: an increase in specialization and, therefore, in wealth, was limited by the extent of the market. When we wanted to become richer, we needed bigger markets. How do we get that? Smith's reply was essentially the removal of all those restrictions upon economic activity that existed in his days, that is, create "free" markets within your own nation. Why have we had warfare throughout human history? How could Heraclitus dare to suggest that warfare was the father of all things? Might this be related to Smith's ideas? Did a "Hegelian world spirit" bring unconscious mankind into warfare in order to create those bigger markets which would permit our species to have an unlimited "reproductive success" by unlimited wealth? Integration or globalization, permitting ever wider specialization, does increase economic production. But it also, unconsciously and without evil intention, kills off weaker cultures, subject all and everything to "creative destruction", and create new forms of dependency fetters. Cannot Adam Smith's boundless free market Bible be seen as the strongest philosophy yet for creating a monotheistic world ruled by one single ideal? But isn't this ideal the rule of Aaron's materialistic Golden Calf instead of brother Moses's idealistic God?


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