Philosophy

The Law

July 26th, 2009 by admin | No Comments

“The state is that great fiction by which everyone tries to live at the expense of everyone else.” (Frederic Bastiat 1801 -1850) A moral philosopher called John Rawls attempted to define a just society as follows: Imagine you were a member of a distinguished council whose task it was to make all the laws for […]


HAPPINESS IS A SERIOUS PROBLEM

July 26th, 2009 by admin | No Comments

By Dennis Prager Happiness is largely, though certainly not entirely, determined by us – through hard work and through attaining wisdom (developing attitudes that enable us not to despair). Everything in life is attained through hard work. Happiness is not an exception. Essential to happiness are thus a sound mind and intelligence. Often this requires […]


On Morality

July 22nd, 2009 by admin | No Comments

Immanuel Kant A perfectly good will would have no obstacles to overcome, and the concept of duty (which involves the overcoming of obstacles) would thus not apply to a perfect will. A man is morally good, not as seeking to satisfy his own desires or to attain his own happiness (though he may do both […]


On Education

July 22nd, 2009 by admin | No Comments

On Education It is important for children to learn in school about ethics, morals and philosophy in general. Learning is not just the mere cultivation of memory and accumulation of knowledge, but the capacity to think clearly without illusion, to start from facts and not beliefs and ideals. There is no real learning if all […]


Spengler

July 16th, 2009 by admin | No Comments

The life of most men is driven by want, sustained by his own strength, supplying the needs of the day through his own labor; a great deal of exertion, constant turmoil, a great deal of hardship; no care for the morrow, not a moment to spare for reflection. Finally, as the metaphysical element, some crass […]


On Experience, Perfectionism and Choice

July 16th, 2009 by admin | 1 Comment

On Experience, Perfectionism and Choice

On Experience, Perfectionism and Choice Odo Marquard (In Defense of the Accidental) There has never been a time when there were as many new experiences, as much new learning, as there is today. But we do not have these experiences ourselves; other people have them for us. Thus we increasingly have to accept experiences that […]


Random Quotes

July 15th, 2009 by admin | No Comments

Man and Superman – Bernard Shaw – Take care to get what you like or you will be forced to like what you get. – If history repeats itself, and the unexpected always happens, how incapable must Man be of learning from experience. – Titles distinguish the mediocre, embarrass the superior and are disgraced by […]


German II

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Moege die Strasse uns zusammenfuehren und der Wind in Deinem Ruecken sein; sanft falle der Regen auf Deine Felder und warm auf Dein Gesicht der Sonnenschein. Rose und Nachtigall haben es so leicht In dieser Nacht zusammenzukommen. (Nasreddin Schah) In Notre Dame hat mir der Erzbischof von Paris eine mir zugedachte Freude verdorben. Er gestatete […]


German

July 15th, 2009 by admin | No Comments

Die Karawanen brachten die Kostbarkeiten Indiens und Chinas nach dem Westen und die Kostbarkeiten der kunstverstaendigen Voelker des Mittelmeers nach dem Osten. Wichtiger als die Kostbarkeiten, die der Welthandel von fernen Voelkern zu fernen Voelkern brachte, war die schwerelose Fracht der Karawanen, die Fracht der Ideen. Durch die Syrische Wueste ist der Moench Olopoen nach […]


Various

July 15th, 2009 by admin | No Comments

And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music. (Friedrich Nietzsche) We must learn to distinguish between the peripheral and the essential. There came a point in our culture and in our society where people stopped differentiating between accomplishment and celebrity. ————————————————————————– The story of […]