Better World Philosophy: A Sociological Synthesis

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Ward Waugh Company, 1899 - Ethics - 275 pages

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Page 152 - from each according to his ability and to each according to his work"; the communist principle is "from each according to his ability and to each according to his needs.
Page 138 - When one cultivates to the utmost the principles of his nature, and exercises them on the principle of reciprocity, he is not far from the path. What you do not like, when done to yourself, do not do to others.
Page 252 - Proceed from the known to the unknown — from the particular to the general — from the concrete to the abstract — from the simple to the more difficult.
Page 264 - ... bosom of the all,' is true happiness, not that which is gleaned from the pain and discomfiture of others. Every child, and not only every child, but every intelligence, should avoid the sin of struggle. I mean, of struggle against others. . . . All school-room competition should be abolished. . . . Competition is not necessary ; and, if it were necessary, it would not be justifiable. If it is not possible to produce great intellects without crimes on character, then let us doze forever in the...
Page 73 - Seafaring now seems easy, thanks to—call it coal!— Who blames us all for idling on an idle boat? Fools, stand and watch one moment in the stoker's hole! Arthur Stringer. On the planet Earth one problem rises incessantly before every being. Whether it is the monad moping about in the sea-slime, the miser conning his accumulations, the wild bird incubating her brood, the firefly kindling its twilight torch, or the lawyer lying about his client, the problem is the same. There is no other problem;...
Page 164 - ... the Buddhists gave the world the same inspiration ; and so did Seneca, and so did Kant. I have just read in a book entitled " Better World Philosophy " that this is the injunction which has been proclaimed by the sublimest souls that have pondered and agonized over the sins of beings. The injunction is to put yourself in the place of others. It is consideration of others as ardent as consideration of self. It is the balancing of abilities, the social ideal.* So, in the great command of the greatest...
Page 124 - Life riots on life — tooth and talon, beak and paw. It is a sickening contemplation, but life everywhere, in its aspect of activity, is largely made up of the struggle by one being against another for existence...
Page 131 - Oh, universe! Pitiful spectacle! Aggregation of tragedy, somnambulism, inhumanity, terrorism, and death! It makes one long to seal up his sensibilities and leap out into the gulfs and be swallowed up. The handiwork of an all-wise biophilist?
Page 165 - The earliest forms of society on the earth were societies of protozoa, societies of unicellular forms which were evolved in the struggle for existence as the types of life best fitted to survive.

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