immemorial, the world was ruled by fear and superstition, was haunted
by evil spirits, demons,
and enslaved by cruel despots and
of this world of chaos and darkness, a people came and brought
reason, logic, science, liberty,
democracy, ideals, virtue,
philosophy, arts, civility, justice, hospitality, humanism, plays,
spirited music, dancing, fun, a nobler human behavior, and a culture,
became synonymous with the word civilization.
that develops the idea of systematic skeptical inquiry,
method, objective thinking,
and the notion that laws of nature, rather
than capricious gods, chance and evil spirits, govern the
deep rooted on ethics and values, human dialogue, language, and
ideas that withstood the test of time.
of free thinking people, who believe, that a higher level of
and better quality of life, can only be achieved,
for truth, wisdom and virtue.
of life and beliefs, that wisdom begins in wonder, that the
of life is determined by its activities.
of moderation, a belief that the fitting reason is best, that the
life is not worth living.
of openness and freethinking, an environment that elevates
humans where they can reach beyond themselves,
about the origins of cosmos and attempt solve the enigmas
centered on man, that values and trusts the individual, believes
in the balance of mind and spirit, that virtue is
not race, wealth, age, or skin color.
belief, that man himself is a miracle, because of his ability to
his thoughts, or "logos".
that fundamentally changes the world, and the course of human history,
from a world of superstition, to a world
driven by humans and
that separates humans from their natural savage selves, and
them to a higher level of existence.
culture of the Olympic spirit, of excellence for body and mind.
man wants to be God like in perfection and virtue.
and submissivness were not the direction it (the Greek spirit) pointed
A high spirited people full of physical vigor do not obey
man must himself
be a research worker in the truth if he were ever to
to any share in it…...
Mere numbers were powerless against the spirit
free men fighting to defend their freedom......
basis of Athenian democracy was the conviction…... that the average man
can be depended
upon to do his duty and to use good sense in doing it.
Trust the individual was the avowed doctrine
in Athens, and expressed
unexpressed it was common to Greece.
a much abused word, stands for a high matter quite apart from
and electric lights.
It is a matter of imponderables, of delight in the
things of the mind, of love of beauty, of honor, grace, delicate
imponderables are of first importance, there is the height of
and if at the same time, the power
of art exists unimpaired, human life
has reached a level seldom attained and very seldom surpassed.....
Hamilton American Scholar , Writer From Her Book The Greek Way (Written
want nothing is godlike; and the less
want the nearer
we approach the divine.
Athenian nor Greek, but a
life, but a good
life, is to be chiefly valued.
think it is not
possible to live better than by improving oneself.
not do anything without having a goal.
reason thy guide.
invented a goddess,
is the measure of
all things that are as they are , and of things that are not what they
of Adera (485-410 B.C.)
the Greeks had
modesty, we have cant; where they had poetry, we have cant; where they
had patriotism, we have cant; where they had anything that exalts,
or adorns humanity, we have nothing but cant, cant, cant.
Love Peacock (1785-1866)
me, but dearer still is truth.