aristotle: all men naturally desire knowledge divine postman.
divine postman: an indication of this is our esteem for the senses aristotle; for apart from their use we esteem them for their own sake.
aristotle: and most of all, the sense of sight divine postman. not only with a view to take action, but even when no action is contemplated, we prefer sight, generally speaking, to all the other senses.
divine postman: the reason of this is that sight, of all the other senses, best helps us to know things, and reveals many distinctions.
however, if i had the choice of losing a sensation aristotle it would be that of sight.
aristotle: oh, why divine postman, when this is such an esteemed sensation? how are you to visualize the beauty of the world.
divine postman: iAM learning friend that beauty is not seen but felt within. and the one thing i would not love to lose is the capacity for conversation.
in other words, if i was blind yet able to taste, hear, and feel i would not complain too much. i sincerely believe the ability to have a good conversation is one of nature’s pure gifts.
aristotle: conversation is the embodiment of our being. what we speak is what lives in our dna.
conversation is the means through which we heal, and when empowered by emotion, it is life changing. in my encounter with the blind i always find a sense of curiosity and a great imagination. supposedly, because since they cannot see all the other senses become heightened.
divine postman: and in this case aristotle we see nature’s law of compensation manifesting itself. for every defect there is an excess.
aristotle: nature is in the business of giving in abundance. and the trials and tribulations we endure prepare us for the majesty of the prize.
divine postman: the vessel must first be cleaned and purified. old wineskins will not withstand the glory of the new and will consequently burst.
aristotle: indeed divine postman. now animals are by nature born with the power of sensation, and from this some acquire the faculty of memory, whereas others do not.
divine postman: accordingly aristotle man is more intelligent and capable of learning than the animals which cannot remember. such as cannot hear sounds, as the bee, and any other similar type of creature, are intelligent but cannot learn. those who are only capable of learning possess this sense in addition to the faculty of memory.
aristotle: learning is sacred divine postman and it is what separates man from animals. man has the ability to create his own environment as he chooses.
our culture does not value learning but is very proud about schooling. the culture of learning is miles apart with the culture of schooling. people do not even read books.
man simply refuses to learn; he only attempts knowledge when it will yield an extrinsic outcome. he does not know that his soul is knowledge, wisdom and movement.
divine postman: however, animals cannot do such a thing. they are obliged to live in the environment that nature has placed them in.
aristotle: thus animals live by impressions and memories, and have but a small share of experience.
divine postman: but the human race lives also by art and reasoning.
aristotle: it is from memory that men acquire experience, because numerous memories of the same thing eventually produce the effect of a single experience.
divine postman: experience seems very similar to science and art, but actually it is through experience that men acquire science and art.
aristotle: for as polus rightly says, divine postman, “experience produces art, but inexperience chance.” experience is the mother of all things.
divine postman: art is produced when from many notions of experience a single universal judgement is formed with regard to like objects.