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;

Ah God! Had I but studied in the days of my foolish youth.

NameFrancois Villon
Life1431 - 1465
Old age is a wonderful part of life, too. Not least if you have some memories, like Augustine, of a period of less "chastity and continence". If you have fallen for youthful temptation all your life, however, you may regret it and, like Villon, wish that you had instead used your reason and studied a bit more in the days of your "foolish youth." Remember what Socrates said: "there is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance". The difference between them is study! What do we know about mankind's foolish youth? How long did it last? When did we start to study in order to know ourselves? Imagine that all of mankind's life is compressed into one year. The year has 365 days. I would say that for 364 of them we were plain foolish. Only on the very last day, and slowly, did we start to ask questions about ourselves. What do I mean? In one form or another, our bipedal forefathers have lived for some four million years. They lived as primitive
animals, as hunters and gatherers or, even, like hyenas and vultures, as scavengers, until ten thousand years ago. About that time we developed agriculture and culture of any serious type. Ten thousand to 4,000,000 is as 1 to 400 or, as these figures surely are very imprecise, let us say, as 1:365. One day of culture against 364 as "savages". Think of it - our bestial, foolish youth lasted until the very last day of the year. Do we think that after 364 days of living in one way, it is easy to live in quite another on new years eve? Or, is that last day also the last of mankind? This doomsday question can now be put with slightly more justification than the Biblical doomsday tellers, such as Daniel and others, had. Because not only have all our cultural changes taken place in one single day, but change is now faster than ever. Gaps between rich and poor are bigger than ever. Weapons are more deadly. Yet still we are driven almost only by our senses, by our emotions, by our blind animal wish to survive. Still we have not seriously started to study and to use that reason, on which Pico della Mirandola - born just when Villon mysteriously disappeared out of life - placed such high hopes.


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