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Covenants How Made Voyd

Men are freed of their Covenants two wayes; by Performing; or by being Forgiven. For Performance, is the naturall end of obligation; and Forgivenesse, the restitution of liberty; as being a retransferring of that Right, in which the obligation consisted.

Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan

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Nor With God Without Special Revelation

Leviathan

By Thomas Hobbes

1651

LEVIATHAN OR THE MATTER,
FORME, & POWER OF A COMMON-WEALTH
ECCLESIASTICAL AND CIVIL


To make Covenant with God, is impossible, but by Mediation of such as God speaketh to, either by Revelation supernatural, or by his Lieutenants that govern under him, and in his Name; For otherwise we know not whether our Covenants be accepted, or not. And therefore they that Vow any thing contrary to any law of Nature, Vow in vain; as being a thing unjust to pay such Vow. And if it be a thing commanded by the Law of Nature, it is not the Vow, but the Law that binds them.

We Hold These Truths To Be Self-Evident: That All Nations Are Not Created Equal

The core truth why immigrants, asylum seekers, and refugees (into the tens of millions) exist is because
all countries are not created equal.

But, if you think North Korea offers the same social beneficence as America, you are certainly welcome to move there.

Beliefs count — in people, countries, kingdoms, systems, businesses, models and faiths.

And beliefs linger.

The Roman Empire (well, the Western part of it) has been gone for over 1,500 years. What does anyone remember about it?

Usually two things:

  1. Julius Caesar thought he was a God so the Roman Senate collectively stabbed him to death on their doorstep; and
  2. the Roman Coliseum (Flavian Amphitheatre), where anyone the Romans or their Emperors didn’t like were herded into a stadium and regularly slaughtered for sport.

One last word on the Roman Empire: it is still around except now it is draped in the symbols and sacraments of the better Christian faith. It is a poor impersonation.

Beliefs count. Ultimately, they may be the only thing that truly counts.

If you actually do not know that…

And there is no nice way to put this:

You are categorically stupid.

And there is nothing anyone can do about it.

What do you believe?

The Tenth Against Arrogance

On this law, dependeth another, “That at the entrance into conditions of Peace, no man require to reserve to himselfe any Right, which he is not content should be reserved to every one of the rest.” As it is necessary for all men that seek peace, to lay down certaine Rights of Nature; that is to say, not to have libertie to do all they list: so is it necessarie for mans life, to retaine some; as right to governe their owne bodies; enjoy aire, water, motion, waies to go from place to place; and all things else without which a man cannot live, or not live well. If in this case, at the making of Peace, men require for themselves, that which they would not have to be granted to others, they do contrary to the precedent law, that commandeth the acknowledgement of naturall equalitie, and therefore also against the law of Nature. The observers of this law, are those we call Modest, and the breakers Arrogant Men. The Greeks call the violation of this law pleonexia; that is, a desire of more than their share.

Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan – Chapter XV – Of Other Lawes of Nature