Daily Philosophy

“I try to use my reason for the purpose of discrimination, instead of blindly obeying any divinity, even that of man. We should not worship this race experience by imitation and repetition but should strive to profit by its mistakes and avoid them in future. Far from believing in any Edenic state, I yield toContinue reading “Daily Philosophy”

Daily Philosophy

“We have now said enough to show that moral virtue is a mean, and in what sense it is so: that it is a mean between two vices, one of excess and the other of deficiency, and that it is such because it aims at hitting the mean point in feelings and actions. For thisContinue reading “Daily Philosophy”

Philosophy

“Socialism is the belief that the next important step in progress is a change in man’s environment of an economic character that shall include the abolition of every privilege whereby the holder of wealth acquires an anti-social power to compel tribute.”” – Benjamin Tucker, Instead of a Book “We see then that commodities are inContinue reading “Philosophy”

Philosophy, August 13th

“People in high positions, on the other hand, seem to have friends of different types: some are useful to them and others agreeable, but it seldom happens that the same people are both, because what their superiors are looking for is not people who are pleasant and also good, nor people who are useful forContinue reading “Philosophy, August 13th”

Philosophy, August 12th

“With one or two hours training a week, you really cannot make a soldier. With the present-day enormously increased demands that warfare makes on the individual, a two-year period service is perhaps just adequate to transform an untrained young man into an expert soldier. We have all of us in the field seen the terribleContinue reading “Philosophy, August 12th”

Philosophy, August 11th

“Then the good and wise judge whom we are seeking is not this man, but the other; for vice cannot know virtue too, but a virtuous nature, educated by time, will acquire a knowledge both of virtue and vice: the virtuous, and not the vicious man has wisdom – in my opinion.” – Plato, TheContinue reading “Philosophy, August 11th”

Philosophy, August 10th

“A thing can be a use-value without being a value. This is the case whenever its utility to man is not mediated through labor. Air, virgin soil, natural meadows, unplanted forests, etc. fall into this category. A thing can be useful, and a product of human labor, without being a commodity. He who satisfies hisContinue reading “Philosophy, August 10th”

Philosophy, July 27th

“And things which are at their best are also least liable to be altered or discomposed; for example, when healthiest and strongest, the human frame is least liable to be affected by meats and drinks, and the plant which is in the fullest vigor also suffers least from winds or the heat of the sunContinue reading “Philosophy, July 27th”

Philosophy, July 26th

“God help me, must I be a weakling, a failure all my life? Unless I am just too young to trust my hands to fight off any man who rises up against me. Come, my betters, so much stronger than I am – try the bow and finish off the contest.” – Homer, The OdysseyContinue reading “Philosophy, July 26th”

Philosophy, July 25th

“Happy were the ages past, while strangers to those infernal instruments of artillery, the author of which is, I firmly believe, now in hell, enjoying the reward of his diabolical invention, that puts it in the power of an infamous coward to deprive the most valiant cavalier of life; for, often in the heat ofContinue reading “Philosophy, July 25th”