"The nature of all other beings is limited and constrained within the bounds of laws prescribed by Us. Thou, constrained by no limits, in accordance with thine own free will, in whose hand We have placed thee, shalt ordain for thyself the limits of thy nature." - Pico della Mirandola, Oration on the Dignity of Man
That concept struck me when I read it today, we do each set our own limits, no other creature does that, they work simply by instict, and we can either abide by our own instincts and "degenerate into the lower forms of life" or we can choose to be better than the sum of our parts and "be reborn into the higher forms, which are divine."
But which path are we on, are we allowing our fear to lead us, then we are likely on the low path, are we doing something for the greater good, the likely the higher path, but there are a myriad of levels in between, where is the boundary?
We must each figure that out for ourselves, for the path to self-discovery is as important as the actual destination, we cannot be given enlightenment, for without paying the price, it is worthless.
Do we judge others? Of course, but when we decide we are better, we fall off the path, we each must reach out a hand and help others up when needed, and be willing to take the hand of another when it is offered to us.
We each have our own moral compass, and mine may not be the same as yours, it does not mean yours is right and mine is wrong, or mine is right and yours is wrong, it simply means we are different, hopefully better than the sum of our parts.
17 Nov 2006 16:35:54
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