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;

But if one should guide his life by true principles, man's greatest wealth is to live on a little with contented mind; for a little is never lacking.

Name Lucretius
Life99 - 55 BC
"A little is never lacking!" Many a wise man has said the same as Lucretius. Wealth does not bring happiness! Remember the depressed king in the old tale? He could only be cured, his doctors said, if he could carry the shirt of a truly happy man. After much search, his son one evening rode up to a small cottage high in the mountain. From the inside, he heard a man saying: "Dear wife, life is wonderful in this fabulous nature. You and I are truly happy." "Yes, we are!", said the wife. The King's son rushed in and said: "Please, give me one of your shirts!" "A shirt", said the happy man, "I have never owned a shirt". In 1999, Nokia didn't sell shirts, but it sold one and a half million mobile telephones every week. This is a gadget that Lucretius and the rest of humanity have succeeded to live without for many a thousand years. Now, however, everybody must have it! Why don't we listen to Lucretius? Why aren't we satisfied with a little food, enough clothing to keep the cold out, and a small and cozy home? Why do we always want to be richer than we already are? Several answers are possible. A simple one is that we are scared to look into the existential vacuum. It might be empty. Like nature, we abhor emptiness and escape into work, consumption and inane telephone talk. A slightly complicated answer is that we are herd animals. When the leading bull rushes in one direction, the flock follows.
This mentality is equally as exploited by the fashion industry as by populist politicians. Our publicity-soaked world can, indeed, be called "anti-Lucretian"! Our disobedience to Lucretius may, however, also have a more complicated explanation. Researchers have shown that mice have a "reward center" in the brain. This center easily gets tired of what it already has and is as easily excited by new and sweeter food. Already mice are more interested in a relative than in a Lucretian absolute level of satisfaction! Mice don't use the concept of "relative deprivation". But they feel it! On this locus, men surely have the same genes as the mice, giving us the same dissatisfaction with what we already have. "In all things human change is sweet", is one of the many insights of Aristotle, that could have filled our park. Add to this the genetically based, intense "will to win" of the adrenalinomaniacs. Combine this with the simple fact that it is with money that you buy the weapons and instruments which help you win. It follows that you must always be a bit richer than your potential enemy or competitor. Are we not, again, caught in an "arms race" without any visible end? Like Capri in the Mediterranean, our earth is a restricted piece of land in the universe. It has a limited carrying capacity of people and gadgets. Doesn't it follow that the "harrying capacity" of an unstoppable arms race, sooner or later, will destroy our paradise? Will we not, sooner or later, be forced to listen to Lucretius?


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