Metro State Atheists

Promoting Science, Reason, and Secular Values


“Everything which is in any way beautiful is beautiful in itself,
and terminates in itself, not having praise as part of itself. Neither
worse then nor better is a thing made by being praised. I affirm this also
of the things which are called beautiful by the vulgar, for example, material
things and works of art. That which is really beautiful has no need of
anything; not more than law, not more than truth, not more than benevolence
or modesty. Which of these things is beautiful because it is praised, or
spoiled by being blamed? Is such a thing as an emerald made worse than
it was, if it is not praised? Or gold, ivory, purple, a lyre, a little
knife, a flower, a shrub?”

– Marcus Aurelius, From book four of his Meditations.

Think about this quote when you think of the Biblical God.  Said to be beautiful, and yet demands our praise an worship.

– Chalmer


September 26, 2008 - Posted by | philosophy, Qoutes | , , , , , ,

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