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In Uncategorized on March 1, 2012 at 16:24

all the virtues of character seem to belong to us from birth… For we are just and moderate and courageous and the rest straight from our birth … even children and animals have these natural dispositions, through they evidently prove harmful without rational guidance.

Aristotle, Nichomachean Ethics

In Uncategorized on March 1, 2012 at 16:10

One may observe in one’s travels in distant countries the feelings of recognition and affiliation that link every human being to every other human being

Aristotle, Nichomachean Ethics

In Uncategorized on March 1, 2012 at 15:04

the good citizen, instead of trying to terrify the opposition, ought to prove his case in fair argument

Thucydides, The Peloponnesian War, speech by Diodotus

In Uncategorized on February 9, 2012 at 11:13

Sacrifices were not an aberrant or cruel activity – they were a sophisticated way of dealing with the necessity of killing animals in order to eat. In fact the rituals surrounding sacrifice suggest that the Greeks felt some unease about killing animals they had reared themselves. So the illusion was created that an animal went to its death willingly and before the killing all present threw a handful of barley at it, as if the community as a whole was accepting responsibility for the death. At the moment of the slaughter women would utter impassioned cries, again a recognition of the seriousness of what was being done in taking life”.

Charles Freeman, The Closing of the Western Mind (probably the same true about other ancient cultures too – A.C.)

In Uncategorized on February 7, 2012 at 21:01

As for the citizens who held moderate views, they were destroyed by both the extreme parties, either for not taking part in the struggle or in envy at the possibility that they might survive.

Thucydides, the Peloponnesian War

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