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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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...that devil, envy did all the mischief, which the bad bear unto the good, only because they are good.

NameAurelius Augustinus
Life354 - 430
CountryAlgeria
CategoryIdealism
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Once upon a time, God up in heaven noticed a peasant who did a very good deed. God was so impressed that he climbed down Jacob's ladder, went up to the peasant and said: "That, my good man, was a very good deed. It was so good that I, your Lord, have decided to fulfill one wish of yours, anything you may want. There is only one small condition: of whatever you wish, your closest neighbor will get double as much." The peasant thought for a while. Then he looked, somewhat mean-spirited, at God and said: "Lord, I want you to tear out one of my eyes." Having grown up in a nation where "that devil, envy" was God, I have come to ask myself if the world, since Cain and Abel, Romulus and Remus or even Seth and Osiris, has not been ruled by an Aristotelian cyclical wave between the arrogance, or "hubris", that Euripides concentrated upon, and Augustine's devil "envy," which for him explained Cain's murder of Abel. When the rich and powerful get too successful, they also tend to become too arrogant. Then they are warned by the blind seer, Theiresias. When they don't listen, they are punished by God, Destiny or by popular revolt. When envy has driven the murderous revenge of events, like in the French or Russian revolutions,
too far, arrogant power holders again rise to the top and want, for instance, to conquer all of Europe, as Napoleon and Stalin tried to do. A German author has written a book showing that envy is not only a deep human trait throughout history, but also, more specifically, the deepest element in Marxism, socialism and communism. Which duly went too far and was replaced by the "market forces". That is, by highly successful capitalists who, in their recklessly fast globalization are, again, becoming dangerously arrogant. Is this historical pattern - the long rolling waves between arrogance and envy - predetermined ? And, if so, is it predetermined by God, Destiny, Fate or by our biologically unchanged human nature? Augustine had a big quarrel with a man named Pelagius about this question. Pelagius thought that man, using his "free will", could improve his behavior, even so much that by good deeds he could increase his chances of entering heaven in his next life. "NO, NO!", said Augustine. We are created with arrogance and envy as part of our "original sin". Only by the grace of God may we enter heaven. This discussion took place down in Carthage at the beginning of the fifth century A.D. Looked upon with some 1,600 years of added human experience, one is tempted to say that Augustine was right. By free will we have certainly increased our material wealth. But doesn't our spiritual human nature seem as affected by "original sin" now as then? Are we inevitably doomed to be ruled either by the exaggerated arrogance of the successful, or by the revengeful envy of the less so?
 

 
 


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