In Volney’s

The ruins, he argues all the torments of man can be tied to two things: ignorance and cupidity. It is these two that have led men to break his relation to nature, made the world a theatre of blood, discord and rapine.

This reminds me of this post I wrote 3 years ago on a related topic. In it, the main character tells us the three sources of evil is discrimination, poverty and ignorance. It seems to me we can reclassify discrimination and poverty under cupidity.

We seem to be on a course to make the earth inhabitable for future generations or if not through environmental disaster to kill each other in endless wars or pandemics. The solution, again to these problems can only be found in self-love.

Sterile labors! How many millions lost in putting one stone upon another, under the forms of temples and churches!

Volley, The Ruins

About makagutu

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

10 thoughts on “In Volney’s

  1. Tish Farrell says:

    It occurs to me, given particularly the last two years, but it goes back far longer: before we can live well, we must learn to discriminate between fact and fiction. The mass media that bombards us daily is owned by the individuals and corporations who are responsible for much of destruction, poverty and war. Their aim is to hold us like rabbits caught in the headlights; to keep us never endingly fearful; to make us forget that we have powers of intuition and intelligence that, when we engage them, begin to help us see that what we are being told is not what our sensibilities tell is true.

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  2. maryplumbago says:

    I would add religion

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  3. renudepride says:

    Very interesting. I imagine that we’re all destined to live or to die – but none of us seem agreeable as to which one is the best! 🙂


  4. Nature does not judge, Nature does not choose, and will remedy all that which has failed to adjust to its equilibrium. Why do we assume we deserve better treatment than all those myriads of vanquished microbes that inhabited the planet before us?


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