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Single Idea 5725

[catalogued under 29. Religion / D. Religious Issues / 2. Immortality / a. Immortality]

Full Idea

It is crazy to couple a mortal object with an eternal and suppose that they can work in harmony and mutually interact.

Gist of Idea

An immortal mind couldn't work harmoniously with a mortal body


Lucretius (On the Nature of the Universe [c.60 BCE], III.799)

Book Reference

Lucretius: 'On the Nature of the Universe', ed/tr. Latham,Ronald [Penguin 1951], p.120

A Reaction

An interesting thought, though not a terrible persuasive argument. A god would indeed be a bit restless if it were chained to a human being, but it would presumably knuckle down to the task if firmly instructed to do it by Zeus.