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Preface
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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If all evil were prevented, much good would be absent from the universe. A lion would cease to live, if there were no slaying of animals; and there would be no patience of martyrs if there were no tyrannical persecution.

NameSt. Thomas Aquinas
Life1224 - 1274
CountryItaly
CategoryIdealism
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It may be true that Thomism, the dogma of the Catholic Church, is one of - if not the - most widely spread philosophical systems of the world. But woe to St. Thomas, had he written these famous lines today. Animal rightists would have told him how morally abhorrent meat-eating lions are. To prove their own absolute love of life, they would have sent him dangerous razor-blade letters. In the media, all good liberals would be horrified by these words. Isn't it evident that Thomas loves tyrants, as these produce martyrs? He must be seriously condemned and vilified! Nobody would have noticed that he, indeed, calls his examples "evil". This is how "profiteers of suffering" behave. And there are many of them! Saint Thomas shows here a surprisingly modern, almost social- Darwinist realism. He sees tyrants as they are: equally natural as lions. He praises patience as a virtue of prime importance. Is he wrong? Socrates in 399 BC showed a wonderful patience with the stupid rulers of his day. Xenophon, somewhat later, wrote an insightful little book with conversations between the tyrant Hieron of Syracuse and his court poet or philosopher. Jesus asked his father to forgive his murderers, even while hanging on the cross. Thomas surely had visited the catacombs, of which Rome is filled, once the refuge for patient martyrs of the faith. Like lions, tyrants have always been around. Even if we now try to extinguish both species,
they have, so far, always been natural parts of life. Patience is what is needed in the face of this reality! "Instant satisfaction" is hardly an ideal. Even if it is in high demand. Thomas knew one more, now widely forgotten, truth. He knew the difference between analytical and normative statements, between what we know and what we like. If we will ever be able to keep down evil a bit, we must first analyze and understand it. To do so, we must be able to talk openly about evil, without being accused of loving it. To take one actual example: equality, especially equality of intelligence. We know that evolution is a process, often violent, of selection among unequally fit variations. In modern society, most truly well-paid jobs require a high level of intelligence. It is, however, considered sinful, almost evil, to warn that thousands of studies show that IQ-differences do exist and that they can be - and are - used for discrimination between individuals both in universities and in big companies. People who take up this issue are exposed to persecution by media inquisition. Some good scholars have even been forced to use police protection against this form of "politically correct" intolerance of analytically truthful statements because they are considered normatively hateful. And this in spite of the fact that if the "evil" of inequality in intelligence had been prevented, no civilized mankind would exist. Nor would more than half of present humanity. If human life is something good, much good would, indeed, be absent from the universe, had we all been equal in intelligence.
 

 
 


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