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1.5 Mega Elephant Photo August 31, 2015

Posted by anagasto in philosophy, photography.
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Elefant im Etosha-Nationalpark, Namibia

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Nature’s great masterpiece, an elephant; the only harmless great thing.

John Donne

1572 – 1631 English poet noted for vibrancy of language and inventiveness of metaphor, abrupt openings, paradoxes and dislocations. (Wikipedia)
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Some animals are cunning and evil-disposed, as the fox; others, as the dog, are fierce, friendly, and fawning. Some are gentle and easily tamed, as the elephant; some are susceptible of shame, and watchful, as the goose. Some are jealous and fond of ornament, as the peacock.

Aristotle
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He and Plato may be the greatest philosophers of all times, at least in the West, and probably by now Marx should be added; how would you assess or establish the reach of his influence? Most people would not know where their ideas come from; or maybe they believe that ideas grow in one’s head like parsley in a pot.

However, to the Greeks the world was almost new. At present a great  philosopher and even a little one would not dare write such simple things anymore.
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There are tame animals and wild animals. Man and the mule are always tame; the leopard and the wolf are invariably wild, and others, as the elephant, are easily tamed.

Aristotle
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Shallows where a lamb could wade and depths where an elephant would drown.

Matthew Henry
He is certainly quoting scriptures. He translated and interpreted the Old Testament verse for verse.
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Elephants use their trunks  examine food. With their unparalleled sense of smell, the animals know exactly what they are going for. Vision is secondary.

Frans de Waal

Franciscus Bernardus Maria “Frans” de Waal, PhD (1948), Dutch primatologist and ethologist, author of Chimpanzee Politics and Our Inner Ape.
De Waal was first to introduce the thinking of Machiavelli to primatology, leading to the label “Machiavellian Intelligence” that later became associated with it.
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Partly shortened from http://www.brainyquote.com

 

 

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