pascal on nature custom tradition culture [violence]

Pascal asked:
“what are our natural principles but principles of custom?
In children they are those which they have received from the habits of their fathers,
as hunting in animals. A different custom will cause different natural principles.”
“Custom is a second nature which destroys the former.
But what is nature? For is custom not natural?
I am much afraid that nature is itself only a first custom,
as custom is a second nature.”
[n10 Pensees, nos. 92, 93 (Trotter trans. [1941], p. 36).](Hamlet’s Mill)

a woman that goes through serious trials by fire: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo



  1. #1 by rufong on 01/04/2010 - 09:12

    What we obtain too cheap, we
    esteem too lightly . . . it would be
    strange indeed if so celestial an
    article as FREEDOM should not be
    highly rated.
    — Thomas Paine

  2. #2 by rufong on 11/04/2010 - 23:00

    “the traditional scientific method: designing experiments, analyzing data,
    and redefining the theories based upon results of this step-by-step research.”

    DMT the Spirit Molecule ~ rick strassman

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