In the previous quote from Plutarch’s "Life of Aemilius Paulus", we reflected a bit on the transitory nature of everything “under the Sun” and on the delusion behind the notion of progress. We offer one more excerpt from the same life, this time on a different topic.
In the second part of our investigation into traditional notions of destiny and Providence, we focus on Providence as the most intimate inner sanctum of the world and relation human destiny has to it. Also we point out the crucial error by which contemporary thinkers completely distort this relationship.
All men crave knowledge by nature, that is the opening statement of Aristotle's Metaphysics. Yet the good chunk of that great work, as well as some of the best passages ever written in metaphysics and theology, rather deal with the discipline of putting this craving in its natural confines, than attempting to incite it further.
In this podcast - an appendix to our ongoing series on traditional notions of destiny and Providence - we focus on attempts of those who try to cross this boundary and take more than is due to them; overstep the bounds of knowledge by not understanding its nature and its limits.
Strangely enough, those are people whose activities somehow always end up in a sort of religious marketing rendering them into wholesale agents on "the market of truth" with a claim to knowledge traditionally ascribed to angels - an total intuitive perception of the truth of the given subject and claim to prophetic insight.
They are wholesale angels, indeed. And they are so full of "spirit of prophecy", that they cannot help but confuse the sound of expiration coming from their bowels for the pouring forth of the Holy Spirit.
"Nothing is without reason" - a sentence often pronounced and rarely believed in. Let us pronounce it and see how can it be demonstrated. In this two part essay we'll approach the phenomenon of meaningful coincidences in human life, i.e. destiny, from the standpoint of traditional metaphysics.