The arbitrary and contingent cruelty of life

The arbitrary and contingent cruelty of life: “Life is unfair. It is probably more unfair now than it has ever been, simply because some countries have been better at organizing their societies to produce more and better goods, and at stimulating their populations to act in more…”

(Via Paul Musgrave Dot Com.)


Whatsoever therefore is consequent to a time of war, where very man is enemy to every man; the same is consequent to the time, wherein men live without other security, than what their own strength, and their own invention shall furnish them withal. In such condition there is no place for industry; because the fruit thereof is uncertain: and consequently no culture of the earth; no navigation, nor use of the commodious building; no instruments of moving, and removing, such things as require much force; no knowledge of the face of the earth; no account of time; no arts; no letters; no society; and which is worst of all, continual fear, and danger of violent death; and the life of man, solitary, poor, nasty brutish and short. Hobbes.