"Those who apply themselves too closely to little things often become incapable of great things." Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Explosions - Unlimited Self?

"The eye is heavenly in its nature. Hence man elevates himself above the earth only with they eye; hence, theory begins with the contemplation of the heavens. The first philosophers were astronomers. It is the heavens that admonish man of his destination, and remind him that he is destined not merely to action, but also to contemplation. The absolute to man is his own nature. The power of the object over him is therefore the power of his own nature...
Every limitation of the reason, or in general of the nature of man, rests on a delusion, an error. It is true that the human being, as an individual, can and must - feel and recognise himself to be limited, but he can become conscious of his limits, his finiteness, only because the perfection, the infinitude of his species, is percieved by him, whether as an object of feeling, of conscience, or of thinking consciousness. If he makes his own limitations the limitations of the species, this arises from the mistake that he identifies himself immediately with the species - a mistake which is intimately connected with the individuals love of ease, sloth, vanity, and egoism.
- excerpt; The Essence of Christianity, by Ludwig Feuerbach
- great book, by an often overlooked German philosopher....I thought I would share this interpretation of his....its a very interesting conjecture on limitations...hope this empowers you...

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