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;

...until political greatness and wisdom meet in one, cities will never have rest from evils, nor the human race.

Name Plato
Life427 - 347 BC
The tension between Moses and Thales continues between Plato and Aristotle. Plato, the closest pupil of Socrates, still had something of oriental mysticism. He played with the idea that an ideal world, something like a heaven, existed somewhere and that, sooner or later, the ideal forms could be realized down on earth. The ideal government of our societies would be one in which ruthless, testosterone-driven, power-ambitious men kept some order but, at the same time, did it as softly as possible, having internalized the restraints of wise philosophers. Philosophers almost always think themselves wise. Today, philosophers are called university professors. They, too, are very wise! However clever Plato may have been, we have never seen his ideal government realized on this earth. Why ? Man has always speculated about Good and Evil. In old Babylon and Egypt these two forces were seen in eternal combat with each other. Sometimes Good, and sometimes Evil got the upper hand. In whichever case, the struggle would go on, and the situation would change, but the conflict would never come to an end. Man
had to learn to live with it! It was not until the advent of Zoroaster that the idea of a perfect "final solution" took hold. Zoroaster predicted a final battle in which the army of the Good would, forever, defeat and annihilate the forces of Evil. After that, humanity would, forever, live in a good and peaceful society! Isn't that a seductively tempting idea? The youngest of the Jewish prophets fell for it, the wise Norman Cohn tells us. So did the eschatological teachers of Christianity; the day of Doom, when the Good ones are to be separated from the Evil ones, was soon to come. Such thinking may be equally dangerous as seductive. If you would be naively idealistic, as some think Plato was, you could imagine yourself to be a soldier in the Army of the Good, fighting the final battle against the army of Evil. If you firmly believe this is the very final battle, that if you win you will take down the ideal state from heaven and mankind will forever live in a good, just and peaceful society, isn't that a horribly good justification for killing any amount of enemies with any weapons available? Can you possibly find any examples of such fanatically millenarian thinking in the past 20th century? Why don't we, instead, find any of Plato's calm kings and wise philosophers jointly ruling the world?


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