„To rob man of his noblest faculty, the experience of and aspiration to perfection and unity in himself, we can now see to have been a truly hellish surgery.“

The Universe of Experience: A Worldview Beyond Science and Religion (1974)

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„The Charter of the United Nations expresses the noblest aspirations of man“

—  Haile Selassie Emperor of Ethiopia 1892 - 1975

Address to the United Nations (1963)
Kontext: The Charter of the United Nations expresses the noblest aspirations of man: abjugation of force in the settlement of disputes between states; the assurance of human rights and fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language or religion; the safeguarding of international peace and security.
But these, too, as were the phrases of the Covenant, are only words; their value depends wholly on our will to observe and honour them and give them content and meaning. The preservation of peace and the guaranteeing of man's basic freedoms and rights require courage and eternal vigilance: courage to speak and act — and if necessary, to suffer and die — for truth and justice; eternal vigilance, that the least transgression of international morality shall not go undetected and unremedied.
These lessons must be learned anew by each succeeding generation, and that generation is fortunate indeed which learns from other than its own bitter experience. This Organization and each of its members bear a crushing and awesome responsibility: to absorb the wisdom of history and to apply it to the problems of the present, in order that future generations may be born, and live, and die, in peace.

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„No man has known perfect felicity,
Until his otherness is drowned in unity“

—  Angelus Silesius German writer 1624 - 1677

The Cherubinic Wanderer

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„If man do not find in himself the required (or wished, or wanted, - "voulue", Fr.) force to accomplish his moral aspirations, he can try to purt himself in the conditions suitable to assist (or promote, or further, -"favoriser", Fr.) his self-control.“

—  African Spir Russian philosopher 1837 - 1890

Quelle: Words of a Sage : Selected thoughts of African Spir (1937), p. 50 [Spir rejected ascetism: for it is "opposed to sound reason to unnaturally impose onself extreme hardships"- Esquisse biographique, p. 32.

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„The only laws a man can truly respect are the ones he makes for himself“

—  William Powell (author), buch The Anarchist Cookbook

"Postscript", p. 153.
The Anarchist Cookbook (1971)
Kontext: If people depend on the state to make laws, to prevent themselves from doing what they really want to do, then I say these people are nuts. I mean to say, if I really want to do something, I don't particularly care if it's legal, illegal, moral, immoral, or amoral. I want to do it, so I do it. The only laws a man can truly respect are the ones he makes for himself.

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„My task is to throw a light on that which we must always love and revere, of which no subsequent knowledge can rob us: man in his greatness.“

—  Friedrich Nietzsche, buch Philosophy in the Tragic Age of the Greeks

Philosophy in the Tragic Age of the Greeks (posthumous)

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