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;

War is the father of all things.

Nameof Ephesus Heraclitus
Life540 - 480 BC
What an abominable statement! Can Heraclitus really mean that war is the father of all good things? War is horrible. It brings death to men, destruction to things and rape to women. No, no, it is empathy, generosity and love that has created a better world! If man is created in the image of a wise God, why should he use warfare as an instrument of progress? But if man is little but that drop of water, with some protein yeast added, wouldn't Heraclitus's statement sound more true? The tension between the Weltanschauung of Moses and that of Thales is well taught by Heraclitus. We find it in all history ever since. Is man a wise and omniscient planner, as social engineers and socialists tend to think? Or is it only the ugliness of war or the mollified form of warfare that we now call free market competition that brings progress to humanity? In Paradise man didn't need to work. Nature was rich. We could afford to be lazy. When we were driven out of Eden, we lost our cornucopia. We were sentenced to "eat our bread by the sweat of our brow". We didn't like that. We still hoped for lazy luxury living. Only serious challenges to our survival could shake us out of that lethargy. Only when we wanted to grab the land of our neighbors, or feared they would grab ours, did we work hard to improve our weapons of attack or instruments of defense. Man, human nature, has not changed during the latest three millennia. The only thing that changes, that brings progress, are our ever-improved instruments. And, indeed, almost all instrumental improvements are the result of wars. That is as true of the airplanes that can bring atomic bombs to Hiroshima, central bankers
to Washington, or tourists to Capri. It is as true as it is of the transformation that has changed the first primitive bands of young hunters who defended their territory - as even chimps do - into the armies of Alexander the Great or Napoleon and, now, into the Pentagon or global multinational companies engaged in warlike competition for markets. Heraclitus might be right. Warfare may be the father of at least most of the things that have brought us peaceful progress, longer lives and richer living. So much is easy to understand. "So, you love warfare! So, you want to start a new world war with atomic weapons! You are truly bad, almost a devil!" That is the instinctive reaction of most people who rarely exit the "here and now". This is the problem of "analytical versus normative statements". Much analysis may be equally true as hateful. You certainly don't like getting to know that a cancer tumor is growing in you. But for curing it, it may be useful. A connected problem is called "the law of unintended consequences". Man may intensely desire to do something good. But, like the Russian communists of the early 20th century, he may end up a complete failure. Good intentions will often lead to bad results. Evil intentions may have good effects, especially for the victorious ones. When he looked upon history, Heraclitus found that it was the evil intentions behind warfare that brought us our progress and, as he realistically continues, "that has appointed some gods, and others, humans, and made some slaves, while others free". Normatively it sounds ugly! But is it, or is it not, analytically true?


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