Philosophy, June 7th

“People suppose that it is in their power to act unjustly, and that therefore it is easy to be just; but this is not so. To go to bed with your neighbor’s wife, to strike the man next to you, to slip money into somebody’s hand – this is easy and lies in their power; but it is not easy, nor in their power, to do these things as the outcome of a certain state of character. Similarly they assume that it takes no special wisdom to recognize what is just and unjust, because it is not difficult to understand the instructions that the law gives us (although the acts that it prescribes are just only incidentally); but how actions are to be performed and distributions made in order to be just – to know that is a harder task than to know what one’s health requires; because in medicine too, although it is easy to know what honey and wind and hellebore and cautery and surgery are, to know how and to whom and when they should be applied to produce health is no less a task than to be a qualified doctor.” – Aristotle, The Nicomachean Ethics

“When numerous workers work together side by side in accordance with a plan, whether in the same process, or in different but connected processes, this form of labor is called co-operation.” – Karl Marx, Capital

“When people see some things as beautiful, other things become ugly. When people see some things as good, other things become bad.” – Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

“The only proper purpose of a government is to protect man’s rights, which means: to protect him from physical violence. A proper government is only a policeman, acting as an agent of man’s self-defense, and, as such, may resort to force only against those who start the use of force. The only proper functions of a government are: the police, to protect you from criminals; the army, to protect you from foreign invaders; and the courts, to protect your property and contracts from breach or fraud by others, to settle disputes by rational rules, according to objective law.” – Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

“Sir, I am a quiet, meek, peaceable man, and can digest any injury, be it never so hard; for, I have a wife and small children to maintain and bring up: wherefore, let me also apprize, (though’ I cannot lay my commands upon your worship) that I will in no shape whatever, use my sword against either knight or knave; and that henceforward, in the fight of God, I forgive all injuries, past, present, or to come, which I have already received, at this present time suffer, or may hereafter undergo, from any person whatsoever, high or low, rich or poor, gentle or simple, without exception to rank or circumstance.” – Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote

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