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;

He didn't' want to seem best, but to be so...

I'd rather lose acting nobly Than win acting basely.

Name Aeschylus
Life525 - 456 BC
Evolution can easily be seen as a process driving behavior from the noble towards the basely. Competing species, plants, and animals are engaged in an ever more ferocious war at the margin of existence. It is sometimes called an "arms race", like the one we had between America and Russia in the Cold War. In rugby, an American team was once labeled "the rough, tough, mean and hard-hitting Giants". That is how winners are forced to act by the escalation of ferociousness. An individual can depart from his ideals, even far. But he cannot live without them. Neither can society. If we do not put some moral restraints upon our struggles, the saying of Dostoyevsky will become true, that "to call man bestial is an insult to the animals". In Filoctetes, the vile Odysseus tries to corrupt Sophocles's hero, Neoptolemus, into base actions in order to steal Heracles's victory-giving bow and arrows from an already sick and unhappy outcast. No, says the young man, I don't want to fall to such low levels of morality. I want to see an honest face when I look into my mirror. Even if
the price would be defeat! Out of such ideas, and without threat of eternal hell, the European notion of chivalry and, later, the behavior of a gentleman, was born. Not to be corrupted into acting basely - either by gold or praise - but to honestly defend the weak, respect women, speak the truth, act humbly and not brag were all characteristics of a "gentleman". To fight without bragging is noble. That is what Aeschylus reminds us in Seven Against Thebe. Five of the six enemy generals have shields with ornaments of the most scaringly ferocious animals. Amphiaraus, the general at the sixth gate, had a shield that was plain, without any bragging ornaments, because "he didn't want to seem best, but to be so". Amphiaraus's noble attitude should be given to the best in any epoch. In our own age, dominated by vulgar sex-and-violence-supported money-grabbing and rubbish-selling publicity industries, Amphiaraus's ideal must not be forgotten. If we do not continue to teach our young men and women ideals like these two, the arms race between the various groups of rough, tough, mean and hard-hitting bipedal animals might, once more, drag us down into a complete moral morass. Worse yet, those who today win in that fight don't seem to ever give a thought to the third of the Greek tragedians, Euripides, warning us of hubris.


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