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The most obvious symbol is, of course, the raven itself.
Perhaps that is because, first, he wrote very well, simply and intelligibly (unusual, we might say, for a German philosopher, and unusual now for philosopher), second, he was the first Western philosopher to have access to translations of philosophical material from , both Vedic and , by which he was profoundly affected, to the great interest of many (except most academic philosophers), and, third, his concerns were with the dilemmas and tragedies, in a religious or existential sense, of real life, not just with abstract philosophical problems.
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Long ago Mr. Buckle, who was a great philosopher and historian, collected facts and heshowed that the number of people who are arrested increased just as the price of foodincreased. When they put up the price of gas ten cents a thousand I do not know who willgo to jail, but I do know that a certain number of people will go. When the meat combineraises the price of beef I do not know who is going to jail, but I know that a largenumber of people are bound to go. Whenever the Standard Oil Company raises the price ofoil, I know that a certain number of girls who are seamstresses, and who work after nightlong hours for somebody else, will be compelled to go out on the streets and ply anothertrade, and I know that Mr. Rockefeller and his associates are responsible and not the poorgirls in the jails.
Adolf Hitler never boasted of Auschwitz.
Some of you people have lived in the country. Its prettier than it is here. Andif you have ever lived on a farm you understand that if you put a lot of cattle in afield, when the pasture is short they will jump over the fence; but put them in a goodfield where there is plenty of pasture, and they will be law-abiding cattle to the end oftime. The human animal is just like the rest of the animals, only a little more so. Thesame thing that governs in the one governs in the other.
What stands over and above objects is something else.
Even philosophers upon whom Schopenhauer did have a strong effect, like and even , nevertheless could not put him to good use since they did not accept his moral, aesthetic, and religious realism -- and either didn't notice or didn't care about the horrors emphasized by Schopenhauer (which is curious with Wittgenstein, since he was actually a soldier in World War I -- we never hear any reflections on this experience -- and who lived to learn, safe in England, of what the Germans had been doing during World War II).