Is this not beautiful?


Let it not then be said, that it is degrading man to reduce his functions to a pure mechanism; that it is shameful to undervalue him, scandalously to abuse him, to compare him to a tree; to an abject vegetation. The philosopher devoid of prejudice does not understand this language, invented by those who are ignorant of what constitutes the true dignity of man.

A tree is an object, which in its station, joins the useful with the agreeable; it merits our approbation when it produces sweet and pleasant fruit; when it affords a favourable shade. All machines are precious, when they are truly useful, when they faithfully perform the functions for which they are designed.

Yes, I speak it with courage, reiterate it with pleasure, the honest man, when he has talents, when he possesses virtue, is, for the beings of his species, a tree that furnishes them with delicious fruit, that affords them refreshing shelter: the honest man is a machine of which the springs are adapted to fulfil its functions in a manner that must gratify the expectation of all his fellows. No, I should not blush. I should not feel degraded, to be a machine of this sort; and my heart would leap with joy, if I could foresee that the fruit of my reflections would one day be useful to my race, consoling to my fellow man.

System of Nature by d’Holdbach

About makagutu

As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

13 thoughts on “Is this not beautiful?

  1. aguywithoutboxers says:

    An excellent thought-for-the-day, my Nairobi brother! Much love and naked hugs! 🙂

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  2. john zande says:

    Gorgeously written!

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  3. Eric Alagan says:

    Deep and philosophical 🙂

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  4. Mordanicus says:

    You have a superb sense for selecting wonderful and inspiring quotes.

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  5. fabryhistory says:

    Very beautiful, thank you. Philosophy is the only cure for a heart broken by religion.

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