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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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Preface In the service of the Darwinian struggle for power and existence, technology is relentlessly driving us towards a globalized world with some ten billion human inhabitants. To manage the global commons, we need more wisdom than ever. But "Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?", as T.S. Eliot once asked. Perhaps in the European philosophy since some 2.500 years? The respect for law and the freedom of expression are two rather unique European ideas. Ours is the only civilization where legal opposition to the rulers-that-be has ever been institutionalized. The difficulties have been great; no ruler likes opposition. Many of my philosophers in this book have published anonymously, have been prosecuted, exiled or killed. But with their suffering, they have carried us forward. That is why I have created this little "philosophical park" on one of the most beautiful spots, Belvedere di Migliara in Anacapri, on one of the most beautiful islands of the world, Capri. So far as I know, it is the first of its kind in Europe. My own "meditations" are highly subjective. The common thread is that I suspect the players in the globalizing power game of being much more biologically driven than they themselves normally would like to think. That goes for you, for professors and for myself, as well. I dedicate this park to Marianne, my wife. For soon it will be half a century that we have exchanged a kiss or two under the oaks in another park, Djurgården in Stockholm. Those oaks are the private property of the King of Sweden. His Majesty has now kindly
given us a piece of one of them, felled by a storm. This now forms one of the benches of the park. We and our visitors will thus be able to rest our tired behinds - in a most Royal way - while contemplating the meditations upon the wisdom of the West. Warm thanks, Your Majesty! Without the generosity of the late avvocato Antonio Pascotto and his wife Anna Ludovica Habig this park would not have come into existence. Many other people have also helped us in one way or another, some more than others. Among them are Kerstin Bellerba, Astrid Capoferro, Mats Carlberg Jr., Erik and Gudrun Cornell, Ingrid Cornell, Mariah Freemole - who gently corrected my Swenglish, - Antonio Galasso, Harald von Knorring, Aniello Maresca, Michele Maresca with family, Ingrid Molander, Barbro Styrenius, Gunilla Svedin, Madeleine and Rune Tryggvesson, the family Vanacore-Aversa, Leif Zetterling and Pyrre Hahn with Örjan Öberg. The inscriptions have been made by four Anacapresian artists: Saverio Cacace, Sergio di Pace, Sergio Rubino, and Franco Senesi. To all of them and many others, a warm thank you! March 6, 2000 Gunnar Adler-Karlsson.
 

 
 


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