Tuesday, May 23, 2006

A Timely Reflection

I generally stay away from politics in this space since I'm more concerned here with music, poetry, the arts, and philosophy. But the following quotation struck me forcefully in light of recent news:

"Better that right counsels be known to enemies than that the evil secrets of tyrants should be concealed from the citizens. They who can treat secretly of the affairs of a nation have it absolutely under their authority; and as they plot against the enemy in time of war, so do they against the citizens in time of peace." —Spinoza

A timely convergence of my philosophical preoccupations with current events.

5 Comments:

Blogger Ed said...

A timely quote. Just as true today as it was 300-some odd years ago.

10:41 AM  
Anonymous G-Dub said...

Agreed, tyrants should be avoided at all costs.

2:44 PM  
Anonymous EasyListener said...

Well said and very true. You would think that today's politicians would read some history before they hatch their plans that lead us down roads we have been before.

8:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Excellent quote. (You wouldn't have the source handy, would you?)

(Found you from the Comics Curmudgeon comments.)

2:33 PM  
Blogger Greg said...

It's from the Preface to Theological-Political Treatise. Thanks for your interest, Anon.!

2:49 PM  

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