This is an excellent biography of Engel’s and his escapades. The core of this book covers is his longtime collaboration with Marx and his own contribution to the development of Marxism.
This friendship and collaboration lasted for almost forty years. During this time, Engels provided critical financial support to Marx and his family – even after Marx’s death, as well as penning a number of newspaper articles for Marx to claim as his own and receive the financial benefit thereof!
The book covers Engel’s own contribution to Marxism. At 24 he penned “The Condition of the English Working Class” – a book which Marx praised long after. Engels was Marx’s “inside man” in the capitalist system and Marx undoubtedly relied on him for guidance on its workings for his own writings. One of Marx’s weaknesses was his inability to complete some of his researches – only the first volume of his famous “Capital” had been published by his death. It fell to Engels to assemble and edit the two posthumous volumes of “Capital”.
Engels also penned “The Dialectics of Nature” and “Origins of the Family” – the former much referred to by Lenin and Plekhanov. Engels therefore can make a full claim to being a key founder of Marxism.
You are no Sinner!
All our lives, we spend living in the past. We are torn by guilt based on what we perceive to be violations of moral laws. This guilt acts as a cancer both on our mind and body.
Society and religions exploit us throught guilt. Rules and regulations of societal morality control us through fear and greed, and any violation breeds guilt. Guilt corrodes, it corrupts.
What matters, what should matter is Consciousness, not conscience. The only sin we should be careful about is the sin of guilt.
Human beings are created to be free. Our beings are designed to rebel against rules and regulations. We wait for opportunities to break rules, to feel the thrill of breaking the rules, when we think there is no policeman around, we tend to speed.
Our ethical behavior will be stable only when it rises from awareness. We do not then have to look over our shoulder to check if any one is watching us. We will feel liberated. We will be in bliss.
This book of Nithyananda shows us how to shed guilt and be free. To carry guilt is the biggest sin.
Beauty may be well attractive, but ugliness is much more fun…
Eco gives us an encyclopedic, vividly illustrated. With a collection of passages of historical and philosophical commentary among hundreds of examples of ugliness found in Western art and literature, starting from ancient Greece to the popular and avant-garde cultures of today.
Do not expect a theory about repulsion over here.