Baruch Spinosa and the Allure of 'Things Excellent'

In the closing of "Ethics", his most influential body of work, Dutch philosopher, Baruch Spinosa proclaims poignantly, “But all things excellent are as difficult as they are rare.” Fast-forward over 300 years later to Carmel, California where a fantastic object of desire from the early 1960’s captured the imaginations of auto enthusiasts and rekindled discussion on things excellent, difficult and rare. In 2014, The Bonhams Quail Lodge Auction successfully sold a Ferrari 250 GTO Berlinetta for a record price of $38.1 million US dollars. Per Baruch’s definition, this Ferrari was indeed rare (it is reported that 36 were made), difficult (this was the pinnacle of automotive performance in its d

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