Friday, December 12, 2003

A Gentle Wind

A gentle wind fans the calm night;

A bright moon shines on the high tower.

A voice whispers, but no one answers when I call:

A shadow stirs, but no one comes when I beckon.

The kitchen man brings in a dish of lentils:

Wine is there, but I do not fill my cup.

Contentment with poverty is fortune's best gift:

Riches and Honour are the handmaids of Disaster.

Though gold and gems by the world are sought and prized,

To me they seem no more than weeds or chaff.

~Fu Hsuan translated by Arthur Waley

Chinese poetry

Meet our Future First Lady:
Judy Dean

Philosophy and Me

Baruch Spinoza is allegedly my philosophical soulmate

I took the Ethical Philosophy Selector test today.
The following is a list of my personal results:

1. Spinoza (100%) "Peace is not the absence of war; it is a virtue; a state of mind; a disposition for benevolence; confidence; and justice."
2. Stoics (96%) "Steel your sensibilites, so that life shall hurt you as little as possible."
3. Kant (84%) "The bad thing of war is, that it makes more evil people than it can take away."
4. Nietzsche (84%) "The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently."
5. Aquinas (80%)
6. Ayn Rand (69%)
7. Jean-Paul Sartre (68%)
8. St. Augustine (65%)
9. Ockham (60%)
10. David Hume (55%)
11. Plato (51%)
12. Cynics (42%)
13. Epicureans (42%)
14. John Stuart Mill (41%)
15. Thomas Hobbes (38%)
16. Nel Noddings (36%)
17. Aristotle (34%)
18. Prescriptivism (31%)
19. Jeremy Bentham (25%)