"Anything whatever can be the accidental cause of hope or fear"
Well I struggled through this one. I would love to share some enlightening and erudite thoughts but my mind was taxed by the less than secular aspects of this well known work.
The central premise seems to be to link everything back to because god is x, then y is z.
Spinoza goes on and on and on and on and it seems there was not a thought he didn't feel like sharing.
Perhaps I was not in the mood to interrogate the text too closely, it has, after all been a long week.
1 out of 5 philosophers engage in navel gazing.