every time, i run up, down; &down, up. &every time, fear creeps.. OK ?!?! ok.. it's just, 1st step ! #fightdeath
the rule of liberty which means lawlessness; &last comes ‘tyranny .. fourth & final sickness of the city. (LA :since they are so out of control, now they need rulers).
looks upon history, which to him is a history of social decay, as if it were the history of an illness: the patient is society.. it falls ill and makes war on itself
only admissible control of the master class is therefore self-control.
strict state control of all literary matters; Not only poetry but also music in the ordinary sense of the term are to be controlled by a rigid censorship, and both are to be devoted entirely to strengthening the stability of the state by making the young more conscious of class discipline. and thus more ready to serve class interests.even now he has many musicians on his side, possibly bc they are flattered by his high opinion of importance of music, i.e. of its political power. The same is true of educationists, & even more of philosophers,since Plato demands that they should rule. (little label ppl =bought)
Decisions are facts, it may be said. If we decide to adopt a certain norm, then the making of this decision is itself a psychological or sociological fact, and it would be absurd to say that there is nothing in common between such facts and other facts.
-considering that it is not words but what we mean by them that matters? #chaos
‘Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time ... But I say unto you ..’; opposing in every case voice of conscience to mere formal obedience &fulfillment of law. (when Jesus came, he fulfilled law: moreso your heart. if u hate, u murder in heart. right ?).
The city, it is said, is greater than the individual. #communists #groups
‘The law’, he writes in the Republic, ‘.. is designed to bring about welfare of state as a whole, fitting citizens into 1 unit, by means of both persuasion &force. It makes them all share in whatever benefit each of them can contribute to the community. #nofam
internal disunion of human nature, schism of soul, leads to schism of ruling class.
particular men who must remain imperfect and dependent. (the perfect commie).
There must be a censorship of all intellectual activities of the ruling class, &a continual propaganda aiming at moulding &unifying their minds. All innovation in education, legislation, and religion must be prevented or suppressed. #be leery of book burners
each man in our city should do 1 work only; namely, that work for which his nature is naturally best fitted. (difference between American, who does everything on her own).
But was Plato aware that justice meant so much to men? -AWWWWW <3
1 is tempted to think that Plato knew its weakness, and how to hide it.
Plato suggests that if u cannot sacrifice yer interests 4sake of whole, then u r selfish.. On other hand, an anti-collectivist, i.e. an individualist, can, at same time, be an altruist; he can be ready to make sacrifices in order to help other indies. he simply identifies all altruism w collectivism, &all individualism with egoism.in his attack, he can brand all individualists as selfish, as incapable of devotion to anything but themselves.
Why did Plato try to attack individualism? when a citizen distinguishes himself.. <3
This individualism, united w altruism, has become basis of our western civilization. It is central doctrine of Christianity (‘love yer neighbour’, say Scriptures, not ‘love your tribe’); &it is core of all ethical doctrines which have grown from civilization & stimulated it. It is also, 4instance, Kant’s central practical doctrine (‘always recognize human indies r ends, &do not use them as mere means2 your ends’).There is no other thought which has been so powerful in moral development of man. (USA= exceptional, bc (they've no clue, we r taught stupidity . brains shut off at "-ism's")).
Never was a man more in earnest in his hostility towards the individual. &this hatred is deeply rooted in fundamental dualism of P's philosophy; he hated the individual and his freedom..the individual is to Plato the Evil One himself.
This attitude, anti-humanitarian &anti-Christian as it is, has been consistently idealized. It has been interpreted as humane, as unselfish, as altruistic, and as Christian !
guileless people have persuaded themselves of the humaneness of Plato’s intention
One is that when preparing the ground for his collectivist doctrines, Plato usually begins by quoting a maxim or proverb (which seems to be of Pythagorean origin): (lolol careful when ppl say b kind, they will also spit in your food if you like trump.. #snakes).
Plato recognizes only one ultimate standard, the interest of the state. Everything that furthers it is good and virtuous and just; everything that threatens it is bad and wicked and unjust. Actions that serve it are moral; actions that endanger it, immoral. In other words, Plato’s moral code is strictly utilitarian; it is code of collectivist or political utilitarianism. criterion of morality is interest of state. Morality is nothing but political hygiene. (They value nothing, but power. Ask !) Totalitarianism is not simply amoral.
class -w/o which individual is nada at all.best seek 1 thing above all others : eternal fame
Those who are awake have 1 common world those asleep, turn to their private world
Disease enables us to appreciate health. (wHy Do BaD tHiNgS hApPeN tO mE ?)
The opposites belong to each other, the best harmony, results from discord. <3
all things in flux, are destined to decay. all forces at work are cosmic.
He believed his own age to be one of deep depravity. (&that was like thou y ago)..
He certainly believed that it is possible for us, by a human, or rather by a superhuman effort, to break through fatal historical trend, &put end to process of decay. (JESUS).
THE LAW OF DECAY CAN BE BROKEN BY THE MORAL WILL OF MAN. <3
The social engineer -what a wicked person. conceives /deceives
" " " &the technologist, will hardly take much interest in the original intentions . <#3
Historicist on other hand, would rather attempt 2find out the "true role" /"willed by God"
Socrates was a moralist who pestered all kinds of people, forcing them to think "virtue"
Search 4essence/unchanging partof1.became 1st2raise prob of uni definitions (great..)
P developed S method of getting2 essence of 1.. w questioning. (now, no ? allowed).
I am , rather, bent on destroying what is in my opinion mischievous in this philosophy
Plato -social scientist. (oh brother..) .fall of man, as it were, sets everything going.
Simply absorbed unconsciously &therefore uncritically . (Best ??) #influential
Process of degeneration ; slow @first &more rapid afterwards.
Those who are lacking wisdom degerante step by step into the lower animals
29th ch of "awareness," ..mellow spirituality.. :'change as greed.' fletcheroni book club ha.anthony de Mello
(awareness of 2beings working in your body , but world would never name spiritual).
Let the dictator in you come out, let the tyrant come out. You thought you were such a little lamb, didn’t you? But I’m a tyrant and you’re a tyrant.
I want to run your life for you; I want to tell you exactly how you’re expected to be and how you’re expected to behave, and you’d better behave as I have decided.
Don’t glory in that award, bc it’s setting you up 4 the time when you can’t perform as well. (Everything that brings u up or down is evil, used 2control. God =not passionate).
It’s something that eventually she will become.-sanctification process
People get a good feeling on the basis of somebody getting a bad feeling; you win over somebody else. Isn’t that terrible? -“everyone’s a lunatic” -everyone has this devil on shoulder.. interesting, tv doesn't show this picture anymore :angel &devil in conflict..
The pass or fail in a classroom -LOVE .
old people had tears in their eyes, they said, ‘It was so wonderful in the old days when we did things badly and enjoyed them.’ So cruelty came into their lives, but nobody recognized it as cruelty. See how lunatic people have become!
The selfishness lies in demanding that someone else live their life to suit your tastes, or your pride, or your profit, or your pleasure. That is truly selfish. So I’ll protect myself.
Awakening should be a surprise. (Just one day, idk , it happens ).
Simple awareness is happiness compared with trying to react all the time. People react so quickly because they are not aware. .. But as awareness grows, you react less and act more. It really doesn’t matter. (Watch your life like a movie, this is all an illusion).
“travels far away 2attain enlightenment” .. last report : “what did it matter?” #precisely .
"right then, he thought, he should've done something brave" -what is this disconnect ? life on Fallen Earth, infinite being. (the things they carried ; Tim o'brien ).
"even dancing, she danced alone -&it was the aloneness that filled him w love."
("sorry" if I repeat anything.. things in Bible, are often repeated 2 reenforce ! :P :))
-poetry acts 2produce moral improvement.. (reporting, IDK if I agree. it's ok2not K !!!) -we all k "right" answer, but I want "real" answer.. ok, heart ?? don't b "smart", they're liars
-..lifts the veil from hidden beauty of the world, &makes familiar.. <3
-great secret of morals is ......a going out of our nature. no, you're not who you are #key
-poet therefore would do ill to embody his own conceptions of right &wrong, which are usually those of this place &time. (is author claiming "your truth" is naught ???)
-should have so far misunderstood self, as2have abdicated throne of wildest dominion
-actor's face of mask : which many expressions appropriate to his dramatic character might be moulded into 1 permanent &unchanging expression. fit for nothing but a monologue ; favorable only to inharmonious effect. modern practice of blending..
-our own history of the grossest degradation of drama is reign of Charles ii, when all forms in which poetry had been accustomed to be expressed to power.. over virtue.
-his doctrines seem to have been quickly distorted. (since Fall, everything messed up).
-fr the end of social corruption is to destroy all sensibility to pleasure
-their own will became feeble, &yet they were its slaves;lust, fear, avarice, cruelty, fraud
-more nonsense would've been talked 4 a century or 2; perhaps kids burnt as heretics.
-but mark how beautiful an order has spring from the dust &blood of this fierce chaos
-listen2 da music, unheard by outward ears, which is as ceaseless as wind &nourishing
-greatest poet even cannot say;4mind in creation is fading; w some invisible influence.
-a poet ought personally to be happiest, best, wisest, &most illustrious .. (haha, but all the writers I know just drank themselves to death ?) poetry redeems from decay visitations of divinity in man. turns all things2 loveliness. (hah oh boy.. must b poet :p)
"in order2be able2think you have2risk being offensive."JBP
i am no bird; &no net ensnares me. -charlotte bronte
"never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never -in nothing, great or small, large or petty -never give in except to convictions of honor &good sense." -w. churchill. 10/28/41
the man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read. m.t
i am not afraid of storms, for i am learning how to sail my ship. -louisa may alcott
nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. persistence &determination alone are omnipotent.
i am not an extraordinary man, &i am quite ordinary. but God chose me for something quite extraordinary. -a. valladares receives '16 canterbury medal.
not failure, but low aim, is crime -james russell lowell
a genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus -mlk jr.
i don't lose any sleep at night over the potential for failure. i cannot even spell the word. -"mad dog mattis"
soft minded men always fear change -mlk jr.
it is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. the credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust &sweat &blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again &again because there is no effort without error &shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worth cause; who at the best knows in the end the trump of high achievement, &who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold &timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat. -theodore roosevelt
we are what we repeatedly do. excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. -aristotle
no one can make you feel inferior without your consent. -eleanor roosevelt
i have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears &sweat. -winston churchill, 1940
i keep my ideals, because in spite of everything i still believe that people are really good at heart. -anne frank
the most courageous act is still to think for yourself. aloud. -coco chanel
art is the signature of man.
a dead thing can go with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it.-gk c.