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 we live is so far removed from how we ought to live, that the Prince who abandons what is done for what ought to be done, will rather bring about his own ruin than his preservation.

NameNiccoloò Machiavelli
Life1469 - 1527
Forget about Mirandola's God and use your intelligence as ruthlessly as you can to deceive, betray and murder your rival! Split his body, as Caesar Borgia once did, from the legs to the throat and let the carcass rest in the public square! This is necessary if you really want to get or hold on to power. That is, essentially, the cruel message of the most famous book of all in the literature of politics, Machiavelli's Il Principe, The Prince. To give just one example: When Napoleon was finally defeated in 1815, a copy of that book was found in his carriage with many comments from the ambitious Corsican. Many were the modern commentators, one of them an Anacapresian. It is not that Machiavelli is against God, for he does appreciate Christian virtues. But he comes close to realizing the ugly truth of de Maistre and Darwin: that evolution is a game of power in which an ambitious Prince often has no choice between ruthlessness and defeat. The beautiful ideals of Aeschylus and Sophocles are out. That is, if he wants to be successful and win. What is analytically true here also becomes normatively worthy of praise. It is a horrible teaching. But is it wrong? Even today? Consider one example: Under much media criticism, the United States Senate in 1999 killed something
called "The Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty", an international agreement to end all types of explosive testing of atomic weapons. Almost all the rest of the world wanted this treaty. But not the hawks in the U.S.Senate. Why? Having three times in the past century, in one cold and two hot world wars, saved Europe from itself, the United States is at the present time the world's only real superpower. It has an enormous lead over all other nations in high-tech weapons of mass destruction. Knowing that a number of other nations are working hard to get hold of these terrible weapons, how should it act? Can it trust the United Nations, or some new international treaty like the Test Ban one, to become an efficient world policeman, preventing potential black-mail from atomic criminals? Or should it say: "I am the policeman! You obey me or I obliterate you!"? The first alternative would be in accordance with idealistic dreams of all "good" people - especially with those who also dislike U.S. power. To judge from much history, (in which solemn treaties have often been seen as "scraps of paper" ending up in the toilet) the second alternative seems to many to be the more realistic one. Possibly thinking that this would be best for the survival of God-forgetting, bestial mankind, the United States Senate chose to follow the cynical council of Machiavelli and kill the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. Only the future can tell us if that was right or wrong.


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