universe, as a whole, is the best
If God had made
colors, but had not made the faculty of seeing them, what would have been their
None at all.
On the other hand, if
God had made the faculty of
vision, but had not made
objects such as to fall under the
faculty, what in that case also would have been the use of it?
Well, suppose that God had made
both, but had not made light?
case, also, they would have been of no use.
When a person asked him how a man could be
convinced that all his actions are under the inspection of
God, he answered, "Do you not think that all
things are united in one?"
"I do," the person replied.
"Well, do you not
think that earthly things have a
natural agreement and
how else so regularly as if by God's admonishment,
when God urges the
flower, do they
God urges them to send forth shoots, do they send
when God urges them to
produce fruit, do they produce fruit?
when God urges the fruit to ripen, does it ripen?
when again God urges them to cast down the fruits, how else do they
cast them down?
and when to shed the leaves, do they shed the leaves?
and when God urges them to fold
themselves up and to remain quiet and rest, how else do they remain quiet and
And how else at the growth and the wane of the
moon, and at the approach and recession
of the sun, are so great an alteration and
change to the contrary seen in earthly things?
But are plants and our
bodies so bound up and united with the whole, and are not our
souls much more?
souls so bound up and in contact
with God as parts of God and portions of God; and does not God perceive every motion of these
parts as being God's own motion connate with
Now are you able to think of the
divine administration, and about all things divine, and at the same
time also about human affairs, and to be moved
by ten thousand things at the same
time in your senses and in your
understanding, and to
assent to some, and to dissent from others, and again as to some things
to suspend your judgment; and do you
retain in your soul so many
impressions from so many and
various things, and being moved by them, do you fall upon notions similar to
those first impressed, and do you retain numerous arts and the memories of ten thousand things; and is not
God able to oversee all things, and to be present
within all, and to receive from all a certain
And is the
sun able to
illuminate so large a part of
everything, and to leave so little not
illuminated, that part only which
is in the Earth's
God, who made the sun itself and makes it go round, being a
small part of Himself compared with the whole, cannot
God perceive all things?
God has descended the
seeds not only to my father and
grandfather, but to all
beings which are generated on the
Earth and are produced, and particularly to
rational beings - for these only are by their
nature formed to have
God, being by means of
reason conjoined with God - why should not such an
individual call himself a
citizen of the
Earth, why not a son or daughter of God,
and why should he be afraid of anything
which happens among men? Are we not in a manner kinsmen of God,
did we not come from God?
I cannot," the individual may reply, "comprehend all these things at
once." But who tells you that you have equal power with God?
Nevertheless God has placed by every
individual a guardian, a guardian who
never sleeps, is never deceived. For
to what better and more careful guardian could God have entrusted each of us? When, then, you have
shut the doors and made darkness
remember never to say that you are
alone, for you are not; but God is
within, and your
within, and what need have they
of light to see what you are doing?
The philosophers say that we ought first to
learn that there is a God and that
God provides for all things; also that it is not
possible to conceal from God our acts, or even
our intentions and
thoughts. The next thing, is to learn what
is the nature of God; for such as it is
discovered to be, the individual, who
would please and obey
God, must try with all his
power to be like God. If
God is faithful, man also must be faithful; if
God is free,
man also must be free; if beneficent, man
also must be beneficent; if magnanimous, man also must be magnanimous; as
being, then an imitator of
God, the individual must do and say everything
consistently with this fact.
distinguishes between things that are
and things that are not under one's
virtuous individual finds
freedom in limiting
his or her
desires to things under his or her
To each man
God hath granted this inward
These are the
principles that in a house
in a city concord,
among nations peace,
teaching a man
gratitude towards God and cheerful confidence,
wherever he may be, in
dealing with outward things that he knows
are neither his nor worth striving after.
When a man has this
peace proclaimed by God through reason, is
he not content when he is alone? when he sees and reflects, "Now no
evil can happen to me; for me there is no
earthquake, everything is full of
peace, full of
way, every city, every meeting,
neighbor, companion is harmless. One person whose business it is, supplies me
with food; another with raiment;
another with perceptions,
and preconceptions. And if he does not supply what is necessary, He gives the
signal for retreat, opens the door,
and says to you, 'Go.' Go whither? To nothing terrible, but to the place from
which you came, to your friends and kinsmen, to the elements: what there was in you of
fire goes to fire; of earth, to earth; of air, to air;
of water to water when a man has such things to think on,
and sees the sun, the moon and stars, and enjoys earth and sea,
he is not solitary nor even helpless.
There is corruption of the
and also of the
sense of shame.
This happens when a man obstinately
and persists in maintaining what
is self contradictory.
Most of us dread
corruption of the body,
and would spare
no pains to escape anything of that category.
corruption of the
soul we are utterly heedless.
With regard, indeed, to the soul,
if a man is in such a state
as to be
incapable of following or understanding anything,
I grant you we do think him in a bad way.
But corruption of the sense of shame
and modesty we go so far as to dub strength of
We see that a carpenter becomes a
learning certain things: that a
pilot, by learning certain things, becomes a pilot.
Possibly also in the present case the mere desire to be wise and good is
not enough. It is necessary to learn
certain things. This is then the object of our search.
The philosophers would have us first
learn that there is a
and that His providence directs the
that to hide from God not only
but even one's thoughts and
intentions is impossible;
the nature of God is whatever God's
nature is discovered to be,
and the man who would
please and obey
must strive with all his might to
If God is faithful, he also must be
if free, he also must be
if beneficent, he also must be
if magnanimous, he also must be magnanimous.
Thus as an
imitator of God
he follow God in every deed and
Seneca, Cornelius Tacitus,
Gaius Plinius Cecilius
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