Monday, March 2, 2015


"Now since it is the supreme law of Nature that each thing endeavors to persist in its present being, as far as in it lies, taking account of no other thing but itself, it follows that each individual has the sovereign right to do this , that is (as I have said), to exist and to act as it is naturally determined. And here I do not acknowledge any distinction between men and other individuals of Nature, not between men endowed with reason and others to whom true reason is unknown, nor between fools, madmen, and the sane."

--Spinoza, Theological-Political Treatise, Ch. 16

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