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;

How small - of all that human hearts endure - that part which laws or kings can cause or cure.

NameSamuel Johnson
Life1709 - 1784
There is, and has long been, a significant difference between the French and the English attitudes toward life. Samuel Johnson also lived in the Enlightenment. He saw the French philosophers looking for some magic formula which would help the Kings and governments to create more happiness in the world. Extremely good intentions, he said to himself, but then, with typical English skepticism, he added: do good philosophical intentions really lead to equally good consequences? His answer was: rarely! Samuel Johnson was a conservative man. That tribe has one basic conviction in common: man's nature is, by and large, given. Most are religious and say: "given by God". Some modern scientifically inclined persons tend instead to say: "given by our biologically inherited genes". The result is the same! As was mentioned as a comment on Cicero, monozygotic twins are surprisingly similar in many ways, even when they have been separated at birth and meet only as adults. To some 80 percent these twins have the same outlook on life. They are, by and large, equally happy or equally unhappy. Modern science
gives biological support to Samuel Johnson's conservative statements. The actions of kings and parliaments may be far less efficient than they themselves love to think. Let us imagine that culture or nurture has some 50 percent influence on the subjective sense of happiness of an individual. Even if that were the case, we are confronted with one important question: whom should we trust in handling the non-biological influence on our lives? Can we rely upon ourselves and our family? Or should we trust in the State? Johnson was highly skeptical towards trust in kings and legislators! He would surely have been a "neoliberal", had he lived in our times, trusting, like Adam Smith, in the "market". Which also means that the responsibility for how we handle our lives is put on ourselves and our families. That is the conservative outlook. Socialists put the blame on capitalist society, and responsibility on the state. Behind that difference we can find another and a deeper one: is man by nature kind and altruistic in general, willing to help anybody, or is man's kindness restricted to his own kin? Young idealists want to believe in general generosity; conservatives, as Samuel Johnson, in a more kin-restricted altruism. Is that question still not central to the understanding the human predicament?


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