(re: hierarchical relationship between beings, or between beings and Being)
3. [Pico and Divinity]
‘When humanity’s quest ends, “we shall […] not be ourselves
but He himself who made us” (p.2).’
Is Pico talking about “us” or about “God Himself”?
What is puzzling about Pico’s (spatial) relation to God, his Copernican turn?
And what does this “turn” tell us about the Renaissance God as man’s image?
“Man is the messenger between creatures.” (p.2); “Man is an animal of diverse, multiform an destructible nature.” (p.3)
“Man […] is capable of arousing envy not only in the brutes but also in the stars and even in the minds beyond the world.” (p.2); “He more superbly is a divinity clothed with human flesh.” (p.3); “Let a certain holy ambitioninvade the mind, so that we may not be content with mean things but may aspire to the highest things and strive with all our forces to attain them: for if we will to, we can.” (p.4); “We, raised up into the loftiest watchtower of theology, from which, measuring with indivisible eternity the things that are, will be, and shall have been and looking at their primeval beauty…” (p.4)
“Therefore He took up man, a work of indeterminate form.”; […]“Neither heavenly nor earthly, neither mortal nor immortal have We made thee.”; […] “At man’s birth the Father placed in him every sort of see and sprouts of every kind of life.”(p.3)
“Who does not wish to have breathed into him the Socratic frenzies sung by Plato […] and be possessed by these Socratic frenzies, which will so place us outside of our minds that they will place our mind and ourselves in God.” (p.4)