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All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsion, habit, reason, passion, and desire. Options
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All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsion, habit, reason, passion, and desire.

Aristotle (384 BC-322 BC)
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Of these seven causes desire is most kindred to humankind.


Viva Geronimo
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Daemon wrote:
All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsion, habit, reason, passion, and desire.

Aristotle (384 BC-322 BC)


Herding, perhaps?

The best way to control the opposition is to finance it. Birds of prey have two wings; the left wing & right wing.
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Daemon wrote:
All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsion, habit, reason, passion, and desire.

Aristotle (384 BC-322 BC)


Very nicely put! Philosophies (and psychologies) got so much more (unnecessarily) complicated since Aristotle's times...
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"All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsion, habit, reason, passion, and desire."

Aristotle (384 BC-322 BC)

Desire is the only action that is perhaps transcendent.
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I am not so sure one can fence in the causes for human actions in so tight a box. I would not say that desire dominates, for desire is almost always moderated by caution, reason, fear and a valuation of the course of wisdom.

While it is true that all seven of Aristotle’s chosen causes play their part, they are not alone in the forces for actions on the part of humans. One could just as easily draw up another list which would still be short of the mark and too limiting. There are others such as compassion, justice, mercy, empathy, and kindness, to name a few.


'Life is too short to be eaten up by hate.'
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Aristotle is boxing clever by labelling chance as a cause; No awkward discussions of determinism.

Philosophers and scientists have long been attracted to lists whether it be Kant's categories, a list of four basic forces, Buddhism's eightfold way or Murray Gell Mann's similar for quantum mechanics. It's difficult to know when you have done enough to stop counting.

All good ideas arrive by chance- Max Ernst
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And one of our species greatest achievement has been reducing all of those causes to just one: money!
Aren't we all just wonderful!
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Ouch... RamufAznag, that is so cynical! I am sure you do not mean that for it is not true.

'Life is too short to be eaten up by hate.'
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Nicely put RamufAznag, I don't agree though, but for the most part is true.
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simply d best thought


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Human motivation.
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Aristotle's statement, "All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsion, habit, reason, passion, and desire" presupposes the fact that Aristotle lived in a society that had the resources to support scholars that produce such thinking. Chris Hedges says when a society is in its decline that greatest literature, philosophy, science and arts manifest itself. He is right: Aristotle lived and thrived during the decline of what was an empire.
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Daemon wrote:
All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsion, habit, reason, passion, and desire.

Aristotle (384 BC-322 BC)

Getting started with A.D. we can add some more like compassion, sacrifice, forgiveness.
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And then, a thousand or so years later came...
THE SPANISH INQUISITION
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Insightful one there, Trivium.

Couldn't agree more with you, Ramuf! ithink he/she does have a point, i think.

And pedro, yes chance is such a convenient getaway!

"...hold infinity in the palm of your hand and eternity in an hour"
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RamufAznag wrote:
And then, a thousand or so years later came...
THE SPANISH INQUISITION


Oh yeah, they lose their chances...
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That pretty much sums it up.

"The secret of getting ahead is getting started." Mark Twain
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Daemon wrote:
All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsion, habit, reason, passion, and desire.

Aristotle (384 BC-322 BC)


And no choice? I don't agree with this point of view.
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RamufAznag wrote:
And one of our species greatest achievement has been reducing all of those causes to just one: money!
Aren't we all just wonderful!


And then giving the Money Power to a supra-national special interest - BRILLIANT!

TO WHOM does the entire world go bankrupt?

Answer that question and you know who represents THE BIG BAD here on Earth.

Behold The Debt Star- essentially a neutron bomb version of The Empire's Death Star in Star Wars.

Now, what made people allow this to happen when it is diametrically opposite to their own interests?

“We do not err because truth is difficult to see. It is visible at a glance. We err because this is more comfortable.”
~Alexander Solzhenitsyn

"The truth that makes men free is for the most part the truth which men prefer not to hear."
-Herbert Agar

"We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of the siren, till she transforms us into beasts."
—Patrick Henry

“Believe nothing just because a so-called wise person said it. Believe nothing just because a belief is generally held. Believe nothing just because it is said in ancient books. Believe nothing just because it is said to be of divine origin. Believe nothing just because someone else believes it. Believe only what you yourself test and judge to be true.”
-Buddha, Hindu Prince Gautama Siddharta

[Buddha understood the Trivium Method, even if not by name!]

"A foolish faith in authority is the worst enemy of truth."
-Albert Einstein, letter to a friend, 1901

[that's why it takes 15,000 hours of schooling to instill that foolishness!]

"Truth has to be repeated constantly, because Error also is being preached all the time, and not just by a few, but by the multitude. In the Press and Encyclopaedias, in Schools and Universities, everywhere Error holds sway, feeling happy and comfortable in the knowledge of having Majority on its side."
-Goethe

"So long as the people do not care to exercise their freedom, those who wish to tyrannize will do so; for tyrants are active and ardent, and will devote themselves in the name of any number of gods, religious and otherwise, to put shackles upon sleeping men."
-Voltaire

I'd "deep rooted cowardice" that causes us to allow special interest cartels to control something life and death like money without 1. admitting it (most people) or 2. actively resisting it (most people who admit it).

To paraphrase Ayn Rand, you can ignore reality, but you can't ignore the consequences of ignoring reality.

Our debt based monetary system really is a fraud engineered, from the ground up, to bankrupt and impoverish the citizens over which it is strategically deployed:

Debt Money Tyranny

http://www.keepandshare.com/doc/4768883/debtmoneytyranny-6-1-pdf-60k?tr=77

This is not a test and it is not a joke.

The best way to control the opposition is to finance it. Birds of prey have two wings; the left wing & right wing.
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Daemon wrote:
All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsion, habit, reason, passion, and desire.

Aristotle (384 BC-322 BC)


Reason, at least in this sense, should be enough: TFD "rea·son (rē′zən)
n.
1. The basis or motive for an action, decision, or conviction." d'oh!

Unless of course the action is unreasonable, in which case any of the other six may do, by chance, nature, compulsion, habit, passion and desire.Eh?

I think Aristotle was aware of a distinction between determining and immediately precedent causes for human action, with the larger sphere
being the determining factor-- on the generality of it: his list of seven.



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Great quote and great posts.

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@ TRIV

Thanks for the excellent quotes, and continuing to sound the alarm. Though I fear that Goethe and Voltaire are correct, I as you, am a voice in my community circle preaching the message of international banker tyranny at every opportunity.

"Now" is the eternal present.
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I think he forgot curiosity... by and by, chance and nature seem a bit out of place as they are external to the human organism unless we consider nature and chance as something internalized... I will mull this quote over - thanks!
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Patrycja Nowakowska Montreal wrote:
I think he forgot curiosity... by and by, chance and nature seem a bit out of place as they are external to the human organism unless we consider nature and chance as something internalized... I will mull this quote over - thanks!


Welcome to this forum, Patrycja. See The Free Dictionary definitions for "Chance" and "Nature". You may find that curiosity is an inherent part of "Nature":
TFD "na·ture (nā′chər)
n.
7. The essential characteristics and qualities of a person or thing: "She was only strong and sweet and in her nature when she was really deep in trouble" (Gertrude Stein).
8. The fundamental character or disposition of a person; temperament: "Strange natures made a brotherhood of ill" (Percy Bysshe Shelley).
9. The natural or real aspect of a person, place, or thing. See Synonyms at disposition."

See "Chance" here: http://www.thefreedictionary.com/chance
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