english philosopher

But if human beauty arouses desire, how could it have anything to do with the divine?
Desire is for the individual, living in this world, it is an urgent passion. Sexual desire presents us with a choice: adoration or apetite, love or lust. Lust is about taking, but love is about giving. Lust brings ugliness, the ugliness of human relations in which one person treats another as an disposable instrument. To reach the source of beauty, you must overcome lust. This is what we call platonic love. When we find beauty in a youthful person, it is because we see the light of eternity shining in those features from a heavenly source beyond this world.
The beautiful human form is an invitation to unite with him spiritually, not phisically. Our feeling for beauty is therefore a religious and not a sensual emotion
—  Roger Scruton

Dice of the Day: English Carved Ivory Teetotum Gambling Ball (1600 to 1700 English)

‘Totum’ is Latin for ‘the whole’ and therefore is used in reference to the ‘whole stake’ in gambling. Teetotum balls act somewhat like spinning dice, but have faceted numbered sides so when thrown there is an equal chance of any number turning up which is not the case with dice.
The English philosopher John Locke (1632-1704) mentions a 32 sided ivory ball in ‘Some Thoughts Concerning Education’ (1693) in Section 150 he writes concerning teaching children to read… ‘what if an ivory ball were made like that of the royal oak lottery, with 32 sides…’ The Royal Oak lottery was introduced in 1630 by Charles I to defray the expenses of carrying water to London and was very popular. Lotteries first began to become an acceptable form of raising money for government funds under Queen Elizabeth I in 1568-69. It was started in order to fund urgent repairs to the harbours and fortifications of England then under the threat of invasion from the Spanish. Great pains were taken to ‘provoke the people’ to part with their money and even fortune tellers were consulted about ‘lucky’ numbers. Lotteries later became established by successive Acts of Parliament, even during the time of the Commonwealth under Oliver Cromwell. They became a popular and lucrative means of increasing government revenue and were regularly conducted, both in London and the country, by appointed contractors. Lotteries were not then confined to monetary prizes, but embraced silver, jewellery, books, paintings, tapestries and even live deer in Syon Park! 

the thing to remember with writing is that originality is fake and also the least useful gauge of quality, anywhere. for instance, an 8-hour movie of someone tying their shoes is original. doesn’t make it interesting. likewise, some dude’s Hamlet fanfiction is regarded as one of the greatest English philosophical lit texts. people have been riffing on The Odyssey for hundreds of years and nobody’s gotten tired of it yet. go wild.

All socialism involves slavery. That which fundamentally distinguishes the slave is that he labours under coercion to satisfy anothers desires.
—  Herbert Spencer (1820-1902) English philosopher 
If you forget everything else about me, please remember this. I walked down that street and I never looked back and I love you. I love you. I love you so much that I shall hate you for ever for today
—  John Fowles, the Magnus

the ghost of english philosopher john locke, slowly materializing beside my bed after i summoned him to help me with my gov paper: Tis in the interest of the Publick Good to consume a Weede, be it through the Smoking of a Joynte or mayhaps the Bong, from Time to Time. Furthermore tis Necessary, for those Men living in Civil Society, under the Laws of the Common-wealth, to enjoy as part of their Natural Right a bit of the Vape whenever they so require it

me: holy shit its john locke

“World bankers, by pulling a few simple levers that control the flow of money, can make or break entire economies. By controlling press releases of economic strategies that shape national trends, the power elite are able to not only tighten their stranglehold on this nation’s economic structure, but can extend that control world wide. Those possessing such power would logically want to remain in the background, invisible to the average citizen.” 

-  Aldous Huxley was an English writer, novelist, philosopher, and prominent member of the Huxley family.

Curiosity in children, is but an appetite for knowledge. The great reason why children abandon themselves wholly to silly pursuits and trifle away their time insipidly is, because they find their curiosity balked, and their inquiries neglected.
—  John Locke (1632-1704)  English political philosopher

Anime is not a genre

Not all anime is porn
Not all anime is stupid
Not all anime is childish
Not all anime is suitable for kids
Not all anime is shallow

Anime can be funny
Anime can be beautiful
Anime can be deep
Anime can be philosophical
Anime can be thought-provoking
Anime can be inspirational
Anime can be moving

Anime is a medium
Anime is an art form

So don’t look down on someone just because they like anime

It is not enough to be nice; you have to be good. We are attracted by nice people; but only on the assumption that their niceness is a sign of goodness.
—  Roger Scruton (1944-) English philosopher and author.
I love people that read. I think it screams humility. When someone reads, they are essentially admitting they want more, that the world is not enough for them. They want more knowledge, more experience. Whatever this life is, they want more of it.

The Head of Jeremy Bentham

Jeremy Bentham, the English philosopher who willed his body to be publicly dissected by his friends. Decades before he died, he laid out plans for his skeleton to be fully articulated and dressed in his own clothes, with his mummified head screwed to his shoulders, so that he could still be wheeled out for meetings or parties or whatever after his death. He was so into this plan that carried his future glass eyeballs around in his pocket. (Source)