29 Apr 2008 fzort   » (Journeyer)

shlomif: did you actually read the Nichomachean Ethics? The thing is repulsive. If it really is, as some say, one of the central works of western civilization, it's no wonder we're in such bad shape. Bertrand Russell said it better:

There is in Aristotle an almost complete absence of what may be called benevolence or philanthropy. The sufferings of mankind, in so far as he is aware of them, do not move him emotionally; he holds them intellectually to be an evil, but there is no evidence that they cause him unhappiness except when the sufferers happen to be his friends.

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