"The creation of the world -- said Plato -- is the victory of persuasion over force... Civilization is the maintenance of social order, by its own inherent persuasiveness as embodying the nobler alternative. The recourse to force, however unavoidable, is a disclosure of the failure of civilization, either in the general society or in a remnant of individuals... Now the intercourse between individuals and between social groups takes one of these two forms: force or persuasion. Commerce is the great example of intercourse by way of persuasion. War, slavery, and governmental compulsion exemplify the reign of force."
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We hold this truth to be self evident.
 -- Mike, NORWALK     
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    The Creation of the world is the victory of order, under the aegis of the ultimate creative force, which is Love, over the forces of looming chaos.
     -- Patrick Henry, Red Hill     
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    The creation is Love, the 'maintenance' of social order is Peace and Understanding. As Nick Lowe asks: What's so funny 'bout peace, love and understanding? So where are the Strong and who is the Trusted and where is the Harmony?
     -- Mick, Manchester     
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     -- jim k, Austin      
    Beautiful! I like, "The recourse to force, however unavoidable, is a disclosure of the failure of civilization, either in the general society or in a remnant of individuals."
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    I think that the civilization in which we now live is completely take over by satan and his minions. Think not? Think again....
     -- Louis Morelli, Naples Fla.     
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