If you see anyone blinded by the illusions of his empty and Calypso-like imagination, seized by the desire of scratching and delivered over to the senses, it is a brute, not man that you see.

If you come upon a philosopher winnowing out all things by right reason, he is a heavenly, not an earthly animal.

If you come upon a pure contemplator, ignorant of the body, banished to the innermost places of the mind, he is not an earthly, nor a heavenly animal: he more superbly is a divinity clothed with human flesh

~ Pico della Mirandola, Orations on the Dignity of Man

 

We take trouble with this phrasing. Was not the Pharoah, the God-King, divinity clothed with human flesh? Why does life-abnegation have to be more divine? It doesn’t except from a gnostic perspective. Christianity and Buddhism are para-gnostic strains.

A look at the world of Tradition, predating Christianity and Buddhism, shews divinity clothed in human flesh, as kings, as emperors—and even simply heads of families (cf. La Cité Antique); indeed every king and priest in Ancient Israel was a messiah, according to their definition. Hardly banished to the innermost places of the mind, “ignorant” of the body.

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