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;

In a state of nature we have.... no arts, no letters, no society, and which is worst of all, continued fear and danger of violent death, and the life of man, solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.

NameThomas Hobbes
Life1588 - 1679
A life in violence is a life in suffering. What is the remedy? If Mirandola's prayers, Machiavelli's cynicism and Erasmus's laughs don't help us, what else might give us a better life with less suffering? Hobbes is famous because he has given us a most undemocratic answer to that question: we need a truly strong and dictatorial government! We need a Prince who realizes that human evil, like Leviathan in the 40th chapter of Job, is also a creation of God. Human evil is similar to that enormous crocodile whom you cannot catch like a fish and with whom you can make no treaties. If you are a Prince, you simply have to accept Evil's existence and act, like the omnipotent Almighty, with ruthless force to control him. Only out of such an enforced order might a better life for all grow. Any government is better than anarchy. The state is an unavoidable necessity. Under the pressure of growing human needs, thought Hobbes, it is created by human reason, by human intelligence. Living in a most violent age, he also realized that human animal passions, creating ever-recurring civil strife, are bound to destroy the state once in a while and make anarchy reappear. This is the same problem with which the United States struggled in front of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty in 1999. The answer from the U.S. Senate is the Hobbesian one: let us in the United States try to create a world government, a global policeman, keeping some order, thus helping all the world's people to become rich. A deeper question: is there a line from Hobbes in 1651 to the U.S. Senate
in 1999? Indeed, there might be a much longer line. The number of the world's adrenalinomaniac Alfa-rulers, of As, may have been shrinking for much longer. History over the last five, or even ten, millennia is the history of many small social units being united, normally by war, into ever bigger ones. Small family kingdoms have been joined into tribes, villages, city states, nations and federations. Out of tens of thousands of family kings, each one with a territory of his own, only some 200 remain. Thousands and tens of thousands have disappeared. Only some 200 have been "selected" as now being heads of states in formally sovereign nations, all in one way or another dependent upon the United States. For most of history, in most of temporarily existing societies, a dictator with a tyrannically strong state has ruled, trying to keep some order inside his own territory, but almost always threatening or being threatened by his closest neighbor. Don't for a second think that we have left that reality! We love to forget it. Media infotainment helps us to do so and to pre-empt our serious thinking. But we must face the fact that the 20th century is so far the most bloody. In the past century, more people than ever have, as Hobbes, had reason to state that life is solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short. In a globalized world, still full of violence, don't we need a world cop? Without one, is it at all possible to make life better for the most unlucky ones ?


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