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Darwin8u Darwin8u said: " "My own aim in this book was to create a simple and practical moral calculus which would make it clear when it was acceptable to kill, how many could be killed and so forth -- coldblooded enough, you will say, but life cannot evade death."
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"All Done with Vol. IV Justifications: Deterrence, Retribution, and Revenge; Punishment; Loyalty, Compulsion, and Fear; Sadism and Expediency; Sadism, Masochism, and Pleasure; Moral Yellowness; Inevitability. Evaluations: Four Safeguards; Remember the Victim!

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Plutarch
“... man by nature is not a wild or unsocial creature, neither was he born so, but makes himself what he naturally is not, by vicious habit; and that again on the other side, he is civilized and grows gentle by a change of place, occupation, and manner of life, as beasts themselves that are wild by nature, become tame and tractable by housing and gentler usage...”
Plutarch, Plutarch's Lives: Volume II

Cormac McCarthy
“The wicked know that if the ill they do be of sufficient horror that men will not speak against it. That men have just enough stomach for small evils and only these will they oppose.”
Cormac McCarthy, The Crossing

Ishmael Reed
“All art must be for the end of liberating the masses. A landscape is only good when it shows the oppressor hanging from a tree.”
Ishmael Reed, Yellow Back Radio Broke-Down

Plutarch
“And the most glorious exploits do not always furnish us with the clearest discoveries of virtue or vice in men; sometimes a matter of less moment, an expression or a jest, informs us better of their characters and inclinations, than the most famous sieges, the greatest armaments, or the bloodiest battles whatsoever. Therefore as portrait-painters are more exact in the lines and features of the face, in which the character is seen, than in the other parts of the body, so I must be allowed to give my more particular attention to the marks and indications of the souls of men, and while I endeavor by these to portray their lives, may be free to leave more weighty matters and great battles to be treated of by others.”
Plutarch, Plutarch's Lives: Volume II

Alain de Botton
“There is a certain tyranny about perfection, a certain exhaustion about it even, something that denies the viewer a role in its creation and that asserts itself with all the dogmatism of an unambiguous statement. True beauty cannot be measured because it is fluctuating, it has only a few angles from which it may be seen, and then not in all lights and at all times. It flirts dangerously with ugliness, it takes risks with itself, it does not side comfortably with mathematical rules of proportion, it draws its appeal from precisely those areas that will also lend themselves to ugliness. Nothing can be beautiful that does not take a calculated risk with ugliness.”
Alain de Botton, On Love

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