June 24, 2015

All Hail Santayana

I first learned of George Santayana, American philosopher (1863-1952) through a quote of his that was printed in the campus newspaper 'Colorado Daily' during my college days.

"Knowledge of what is possible is the beginning of happiness."

This predated any of my Ayn Rand readings, and was the first glimpse I remember of the idea that I controlled my own happiness and thus, my own destiny.

He wrote another well known saying, the full context of which is actually a criticism of modern Progressivism, i.e. change = good, with no qualifiers.

Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. When change is absolute there remains no being to improve and no direction is set for possible improvement: and when experience is not retained, as among savages, infancy is perpetual. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.


Philosophy Posted by JohnGalt at June 24, 2015 2:20 PM
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