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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;
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Man was created by nature in such a way that reason might dominate the senses and that by its law all rage and desire of passion and lust might be restrained, but when the image of God has been forgotten... we begin to serve the beasts within us...

NameG. Pico della Mirandola
Life1463 - 1494
CountryItaly
CategoryIdealism
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"....reason might dominate the senses" - what is it that Pico della Mirandola is talking about? Almost every year, a group of wild kittens appear in my Capri garden. The mother, who for months has stolen food from my own cat, hides them well the first weeks. A couple of these kittens are full of fear. At my slightest move, they disappear. One is brave; he comes up to me, snaps my piece of cheese and eats it a few meters away. One is truly clever; he has sneaked in behind my back and is eating from my own breakfast. Our emotions, rage and lust, sex and violence, are, from an evolutionary point of view, extremely old and deep in us. The fear in the kittens and in us is surely regulated by the same genes, forming similar centra in our brains, even if ours may be slightly more complicated than those of the cats'. Mirandola's "rage and desire of passion and lust" is most likely a biologically developed variation of the aggressiveness in the male bee-wolves, fighting for access to females. Similar basic emotions can be found on our evolutionary tree since at least 500 million years. God's "reason", human intelligence, is much younger. We shouldn't look down on animal intelligence. It does exist. As well as military intelligence. But the specific human intelligence is a new gift. About three million years ago, the brain volume of our forefathers was the same as that of the chimpanzees. Then ours started to grow. It has, as an average, grown by two to five grams per ten thousand years. The
chimp is still at 400 grams; we are up around 1,350 - more than three times as much. "To thee alone we gave growth and development depending on thy own free will", as Mirandola said in his Oratio de Hominis Dignitate. Why? For what purpose have we this "reason", today called "intelligence", which has come with that brain growth? Mirandola believed it was a gift of God with which we could regulate the most primitive expressions of our age-old emotions. Modern science doesn't believe much in any "purpose" in nature. It would rather say that those animals or humans who have been best at intelligently regulating the primitive rage and lust of their emotions have also been best in taking over the earth from those who are less intelligent in the eternal struggle for life. Modern science may agree with Mirandola on the most important point: intelligence can be seen as the highest form of emotion. Intelligence is the gas pedal that regulates the emotional speed of the car. Without doubt, it is man's superior intelligence which has given our species the rule over all other animals. And had we not united our higher individual intelligences into "co-thinking" networks, Superbrains, nature would not have permitted us to become six billion instead of the ten million hunters and gatherers that could have lived on a level not far from the chimpanzees. There is a problem with this intelligence, however. And Mirandola is warning us: if we forget God or human ethics we will return to ever deeper beastliness as we become equipped with ever more potent and destructive weapons and means of domination. Mirandola points forward towards Machiavelli, only six years younger than himself.
 

 
 


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