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Daemon
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The highest possible stage in moral culture is when we recognize that we ought to control our thoughts.

Charles Darwin (1809-1882)
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In my humble opinion, Darwin had some pretty strange hang-ups!
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We ought to control our thoughts!

A precursor or Orwellian thoughtcrime?
Nethradhannur Nethra
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Daemon wrote:
The highest possible stage in moral culture is when we recognize that we ought to control our thoughts.

Charles Darwin (1809-1882)

ya which culture is honeyed by old age people that culture is morel culture
Nethradhannur Nethra
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I CANT UNDERSTAND
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Pretty meaningless.
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Quote from Charles Darwin - Descent of Man - Chapter 4 -

The theme of choosing our thoughts and choosing our future is a timeless leadership principle that echoes through the ages. Marcus Aurelius, the second century philosopher and Roman emperor who wrote the classic Meditations, said simply, "Our life is what our thoughts make it." In the 16th century, William Shakespeare observed, "There's nothing good or bad but thinking makes it so." In his 19th century Journals, Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, "Life consists of what a man is thinking of all day." In 1871 Charles Darwin wrote, "The highest possible stage in moral culture is when we recognize that we ought to control our thoughts." Core truths are regularly rediscovered and restated for their time. At the dawn of the 20th century, William James, the American philosopher and "father of modern psychology" declared, "The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind."
By Louisa May Alcott, My Kingdom
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Daemon wrote:
The highest possible stage in moral culture is when we recognize that we ought to control our thoughts.

Charles Darwin (1809-1882)


What's more important to control our thoughts or acts? I understand that there's a linkage between both but nevertheless...
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I think Darwin, in this case, was right. If we let our minds dwell on bad things say illegal matters as an example...violent things et cetera, then we may well act them out.

Just as we need to control our emotions, anger and so forth, so we need to exercise self-control as to what we allow our minds to dwell upon.
Milica Boghunovich
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Anxious Poor Darwin... if he had only controlled his a bit more, we would not have eugenics. Would he kill all the disabled and poor people who in a lot of instances have more character richer spiritual life than the beautiful (on the outside) corrupt rich?
How about we recognize that we ought to control our actions, too?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

"The highest possible stage in moral culture is when we recognize that we ought to control our thoughts."
said Charles Darwin (1809-1882)
Trivium_Discipulus
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Daemon wrote:
The highest possible stage in moral culture is when we recognize that we ought to control our thoughts.

Charles Darwin (1809-1882)


“At some future period, not very distant as measured by centuries, the civilised races of man will almost certainly exterminate and replace throughout the world the savage races. At the same time the anthropomorphous apes, as Professor Schaaffhausen has remarked, will no doubt be exterminated. The break will then be rendered wider, for it will intervene between man in a more civilised state as we may hope, than the Caucasian and some ape as low as a baboon, instead of as at present between the negro or Australian and the gorilla.”
― Charles Darwin, The Descent of Man
Alexander Lo
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I agree with him. We need to control our own thoughts - some may be evil.
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Daemon wrote:
The highest possible stage in moral culture is when we recognize that we ought to control our thoughts.

Charles Darwin (1809-1882)


"We ought to control our thoughts" would be a nice dictum to follow if only "the highest possible stage in moral culture" could be something
we all defined alike.
But since that is obviously not something we all recognize, the Ascent of Men must rely on some other means, outside of our thoughts.

A Controller comes to mind, one making certain that all thoughts are well and evenly controlled. Think
nkelsey
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well said.
JUSTIN Excellence
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To control our thoughts in our intelligent designs is the hardest thing in the universe... Time to time we must review the past and try not to reject it, for there's always the inconvenient knowledge. Fear and ignorance drifted the same currents. There would be anger soon, when the fear receded.






andrinomarkus
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Nowadays get hard even day to talk what is truly in mind.
Vicki Holzknecht
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A lot of people are out of control with their thoughts..maybe some should just keep their thoughts to themselves.
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Daemon wrote:
The highest possible stage in moral culture is when we recognize that we ought to control our thoughts.

Charles Darwin (1809-1882)


If ever fated to reach the highest possible stage in moral culture, "The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex" must allow for ascent:
the rise beyond physiology, the deliberate cultivation of thought, might I call it the "artificial evolution."

Thoughts, and not all of them, need not be controlled without discernment first.
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