bond, it passes at last into cruelty. For example, if a man should steal something from my country-house and leave it in my town-house, he would have committed a theft, but I should have lost nothing. For you are wrong if you suppose that any one is exempt from ill. Such was the ferocity of barbarian kings when in anger - men who had had no contact with learning or the culture of letters. Human chattel you should consider not how much he can be made to suffer without retaliating, but how much you are permitted to inflict by the principles of equity and right, which require that mercy should be shown even to captives and purchased slaves. Ess1-47 book II TO serenus ON THE firmness constantia OF THE wise MAN The Wise Man can receive neither Injury nor Insult. Transcription conventions: Page numbers in angle brackets refer to the edition cited as the source.
Star, wars, origins - Joseph Campbell and the Hero s Journey
These processes are impossible unless the mind has given assent to the impressions that moved. Does some one offend for the first time? In like manner anger, like poison, a fall, or a shipwreck, even if it has sometimes proved an unexpected good, ought not for that reason to be adjudged wholesome; for ofttimes poisons have saved life./a Again, if any quality is worth having, the more. You dread so long what comes so quickly! Mercy is superior primarily in this, that it declares that those who are let off did not deserve any different treatment; it is more complete than pardon, more creditable. Jesus Some one gave me poison, but the poison lost its efficacy by being mixed with food; the man, by giving the poison, became guilty of a crime, even if he did me no injury. "There can be no doubt you say, "that such a force is powerful and pernicious; show, therefore, how it is to be cured." And yet, as I said in my earlier books a Aristotle stands forth as the defender of anger, and forbids. 4 punishment; then let it bring up the thought, not so much of what we suffer, as of what we have done; let us summon ourselves to give a verdict upon our past life; if only we are willing to be frank with ourselves,. And for this and no other reason are feared?