Tuesday, 16 August 2016


Joy, arising from imagination of a man's own power and ability, is that exultation of the mind which is called glorying … Sudden glory is the passion which maketh those grimaces called laughter, and is caused either by some sudden act of their own that pleaseth them, or by the apprehension of some deformed thing in another, by comparison whereof they suddenly applaud themselves.

It is manifest that during the time that men live without a common power to keep them all in awe, they are in that condition which is called war; and such a war as is of every man against every man… In such condition, there is no place for industry, because the fruit thereof is uncertain; and consequently no culture of the earth, no navigation, no use of the commodities that may be imported by the sea, no commodious building, no instruments of moving and removing such things as require much force, no knowledge of the face of the earth, no account of time, no arts, no letters, no society, and that which is worst of all, continual fear and danger of violent death, and the life of man solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short.

Hobbes / Leviathan

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