Communism possesses a language which every people can understand – its elements are hunger, envy, and death.
Every man, either to his terror or consolation, has some sense of religion.
It is that of increasing knowledge of empirical fact, intimately combined with changing interpretations of this body of fact – hence changing general statements about it – and, not least, a changing a structure of the theoretical system.
Spencer’s god was Evolution, sometimes also called Progress.
A theoretical system does not merely state facts which have been observed and that logically deducible relations to other facts which have also been observed.
The Wedding March always reminds me of the music played when soldiers go into battle.
You will be courteous to your elders who have explored to the point from which you may advance; and helpful to your juniors who will progress farther by reason of your labors.
Among those who are satisfactory in this respect it is desirable to have represented as great a diversity of intellectual tradition, social milieu and personal character as possible.
That is, a system starts with a group of interrelated propositions which involve reference to empirical observations within the logical framework of the propositions in question.
Christ rode on an ass, but now asses ride on Christ.