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At his best, man is the noblest of all animals; separated from law and justice he is the worst.

Aristotle (384 BC-322 BC)
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At his best, man is the noblest of all animals; separated from law and justice he is the worst.

Aristotle (384 BC-322 BC)
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Daemon wrote:
At his best, man is the noblest of all animals; separated from law and justice he is the worst.

Aristotle (384 BC-322 BC)


On average, we are on par with animals, though the range of motion is indeed impressive...
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Yeah, sure.
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YET theApplause one that can escape them both
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Context from : POLICITCS

By Aristotle

Written 350 B.C.E

Translated by Benjamin Jowett


Book One

Part I


Further, the state is by nature clearly prior to the family and to the individual, since the whole is of necessity prior to the part; for example, if the whole body be destroyed, there will be no foot or hand, except in an equivocal sense, as we might speak of a stone hand; for when destroyed the hand will be no better than that. But things are defined by their working and power; and we ought not to say that they are the same when they no longer have their proper quality, but only that they have the same name. The proof that the state is a creation of nature and prior to the individual is that the individual, when isolated, is not self-sufficing; and therefore he is like a part in relation to the whole. But he who is unable to live in society, or who has no need because he is sufficient for himself, must be either a beast or a god: he is no part of a state. A social instinct is implanted in all men by nature, and yet he who first founded the state was the greatest of benefactors. For man, when perfected, is the best of animals, but, when separated from law and justice, he is the worst of all; since armed injustice is the more dangerous, and he is equipped at birth with arms, meant to be used by intelligence and virtue, which he may use for the worst ends. Wherefore, if he have not virtue, he is the most unholy and the most savage of animals, and the most full of lust and gluttony. But justice is the bond of men in states, for the administration of justice, which is the determination of what is just, is the principle of order in political society.

Read more :http://classics.mit.edu/Aristotle/politics.1.one.html

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I have an issue with Western Europe's obsessive reverence for all things old and Greek. It is easy to pontificate from the luxury of a civilisation built on slavery.
I know he was just a man of his time - and slavery was the norm, as it has been for much of the world for much of history - but it does mean that when you quote things like that about nobility and justice, my response is an almighty "hmmmphh!" You want an an ancient Greek quote? Hypocrite! Shame on you
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