“God the Father, the Mightiest Architect (…)

At last, the Supreme Maker decreed that this creature, to whom He could give nothing wholly his own, should have a share in the particular endowment of every other creature. Taking man, therefore, this creature of indeterminate image, He set him in the middle of the world and thus spoke to him:

“We have given you, O Adam, no visage proper to yourself, nor endowment properly your own, in order that whatever place, whatever form, whatever gifts you may, with premeditation, select, these same you may have and possess through your own judgement and decision.

The nature of all other creatures is defined and restricted within laws which We have laid down; you, by contrast, impeded by no such restrictions, may, by your own free will, to whose custody We have assigned you, trace for yourself the lineaments of your own nature.

I have placed you at the very center of the world, so that from that vantage point you may with greater ease glance round about you on all that the world contains.

We have made you a creature neither of heaven nor of earth, neither mortal nor immortal, in order that you may, as the free and proud shaper of your own being, fashion yourself in the form you may prefer.

It will be in your power to descend to the lower, brutish forms of life; you will be able, through your own decision, to rise again to the superior orders whose life is divine.

Oh unsurpassed generosity of God the Father.

Oh wondrous and unsurpassable felicity of man, to whom it is granted to have what he chooses, to be what he wills to be! ”

 

1486 – Giovanni Pico della Mirandola

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6 thoughts on “Oratio de hominis dignitate

    • We are defined by the sum of all our experiences and choices count just like the ambients and contexts, just like the people we met and will meet along our living path.

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