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Badgers at War, and Men In Harmony

At some basic level, man is no different than a badger. Force and dominance is key to forwarding your prime directive, which is to mate and spread your seed or to find a dominant male if you are a female. Badgers do not care to gain the consent of the female. In this case, we see the state of war in nature, in its most basic form, rape, as the natural order of events. You can be sure that badgers will kill each other over necessary resources, when they are limited, but when resources are plentiful, I expect that the fighting does not stop.

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Realism, Pessimism, Optimism

When we try to be, we never will be until we stop trying. When we try to be positive, we never really are positive until we stop trying. It seems very fashionable to be positive, and to look at the bright side of every scenario. A person who seems "happy" to others, whether they truly are or not is often called "well adjusted", or a "good person", while a person who seems disappointed, or pessimistic is "negative".

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Categories, Section 1, Part 1

Things are said to be named 'equivocally' when, though they have
a common name, the definition corresponding with the name differs
for each. Thus, a real man and a figure in a picture can both lay
claim to the name 'animal'; yet these are equivocally so named, for,
though they have a common name, the definition corresponding with
the name differs for each. For should any one define in what sense
each is an animal, his definition in the one case will be appropriate
to that case only.

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Historia Calamitatum, Chapter 2

OF THE PERSECUTION HE HAD FROM HIS MASTER WILLIAM OF CHAMPEAUX
OF HIS ADVENTURES AT MELUN, AT CORBEIL AND AT PARIS
HIS WITHDRAWAL FROM THE CITY OF THE PARISIANS TO MELUN, AND HIS RETURN TO MONT STE GENEVIEVE
OF HIS JOURNEY TO HIS OLD HOME

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Being Mean to the Right People

For so long we have been taught that wise men exhibit kindness, temperance, and good nature. A good number of people have been taught that pride is bad, and to be humble is good. We have been made to think that a well adjusted person, is a happy person. Happiness is a state of pleasure, so one pursues happiness without question. I am not naive, I understand that in Islam, these kind of pleasure seeking principles are secondary. Law is what matters most in Islam. Allah cannot be governed by mere justice, Allah is the Law. Many people believe control is more important.

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Selfishness, Justice, and Natural Truth

It seems to me that mankind is in a battle of power to dictate self serving laws, to understand an innate moral justice in its social mathematics, and while doing so mankind is trying to reconcile nature, free-will, and determinism. Is it possible authoritarianism can actually support a rational, reasonable, universal egalitarian system? And, finally, when we conceive of justice, are our ideas polluted by authoritarianism,or relatively tainted by the paradigm that inundates all our senses at the time in which we live? In this short essay, I will explore this pre-defined space.

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Categories, Section 1, Part 2

Forms of speech are either simple or composite. Examples of the latter
are such expressions as 'the man runs', 'the man wins'; of the former
'man', 'ox', 'runs', 'wins'.

Of things themselves some are predicable of a subject, and are never
present in a subject. Thus 'man' is predicable of the individual man,
and is never present in a subject.

By being 'present in a subject' I do not mean present as parts are
present in a whole, but being incapable of existence apart from the
said subject.

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Historia Calamitatum, Chapter 1

OF THE BIRTHPLACE OF PIERRE ABELARD AND OF HIS PARENTS

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Change or Kill

When your life exhibits truth, is it by coincidence or is it by intentional articulation? If you are not a truth seeker, then, more than likely you are opportunistic and when you do exhibit the truth, it is indirectly. Those who are opportunists do not realize they made a choice to put self-interest before truth, but those who chose to seek the truth are very aware that they are truth seekers.

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The Culture of Frivolity

For thousands of years people in and out of religious groups have understood idea that it is not right to kill somebody for no reason. Even those who have no value for a human life think that valuelessness is of some value. There is always a desire to prevent death. If a bandit could just walk up and take whatever material wealth they wanted with no conflict, they would. Much like a skydiver who desires the rush of jumping out of a plane for the adrenaline rush, but does not also wish for the chute not to open.

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