EPICTETUS. DISCOURSES. Book i. §6. ¶4.
WELL then: each of the animals is constituted either for food, or husbandry, or to produce milk, and the rest of them for some other like use; and for these purposes what need is there of understanding the appearances of things, and being able to make distinctions concerning them? But God hath introduced man as a spectator of Himself and His works; and not only as a spectator, but an interpreter of them. It is therefore shameful that man should begin and end where irrational creatures do. He is indeed rather to begin there, but to end where nature itself hath fixed our end; and that is in contemplation and understanding, and in a scheme of life comformable to nature.
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I disagree with this post in that I do not believe that our fellow creatures are irrational. I believe that they have a society and contemplation just the same as we do but we fail to understand it. We cannot live according to our nature if we constantly deny the nature of Nature that is all around us.ReplyDelete
Yes we should live according to our nature with contemplation and understanding of all living things as part of Nature's cycle that we live in.