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;

There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance.
I know only that I do not know.
I am not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world..

Name Socrates
Life470 - 399 BC
The trouble with philosophers is that they question everything, but answer nothing. On the basis of his enormous respect for knowledge, Socrates questioned the wisdom of the rulers of Athens. Rulers are normally guided by adrenalinomania. They prefer prostration to protests, as Socrates got to know. In his saying that he only knew that he didn't know anything, he also implied that the rulers didn't know anything for sure, either. Which was, and is, true. Rulers, however, consider such attitudes insolent, especially in front of judges. Socrates was sentenced to death. In dying, he created the first systematic Western philosophy through his pupil, Plato and, later, Aristotle. Someone who wants to understand society can honestly say that however much more he knows, he doesn't know anything for sure. But a few things we do know. In the physical sciences there is, for instance, "no dissent from the proposition that the properties of large objects are consequences of the properties of the atoms of which they consist", says a respected scientist. Society is a "large object". It is formed of the atoms of small men and women. The wisdom of Delphi told us to "know ourselves".
How much do we really know about ourselves today? A human being is built, we now know, by over three billion segments on our DNA-spirals. They contain some 100,000 clusters of segments called genes. These have millions of variations, called alleles or "snips". Two unrelated individuals have about three million different DNA-segments. The genes produce a few hundred thousand different proteins which, in an infinite mixture of juices, produce each one of us as a unique individual. However impressive this may sound, it is still a very general knowledge, something like knowing which color an artist has on his palette, which in no way helps us to know which painting will result. It is still an almost "know nothing"! It is even more complicated. The proteins form about one trillion different cells or neurons in our brains and nervous systems. They are connected by literally innumerable things like synapses and axons and dendrites. An extremely hard life in a laboratory might come up to ten million minutes. If such a scientist were able to study 100,000 neurons per minute, he might, towards the end of his life, be justified to say he well knew at least one individual. Socrates wanted to be a member of the world society. He did right! But not even he could imagine how immensely difficult it is to know even oneself, not to speak of the six billion individuals who now form our global society.


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