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Steve | Tue, 01 May 2012 20:56:56 UTC

It is very interesting the reference to Pope. For some reason, I was drawn to him from the onset, and now, more so. See, i am also drawn to Jacob Boehme who was the true discover of electricty and gravity, science got his 'formulations' and turned them for what we have today, sciences of the many sciences, including physics. But see, it was folks like Boehme that did the discovering And he, like Mozart, like Pope, were all comely people so they faded into the wood work so the big heads could take over and take the credit. Not all of course. Then there what we here of Darwin, and both big computer company leaders fit the bill along with all of the big time money makers like Trump and his 'tower"..Tower of Babel. Not saying it is all bad, but do Know we should give credit where credit is due. This is a trend throuhgout HISTORY..open oupen eyes. So who came, unbecoming..maybe not nearly as nice looking as he is made out to be..Jesus. what could be more irritating than to have a comely Guy claim he knows the father. Not only knows him, but can stump the big shots and catch them in their own game of double jeopardy, usurping all the wisdom they have. Back to Pope, One must know what he is writing about...and what he writes about is the Plight of man..read about his Critique of Man..rolling on the floor because it is so true. They guy was brilliant. Don't forget his one about dying and wondering wear death's sting is...He's ready for heaven, He knows his God.

The poem is an attempt to "vindicate the ways of God to Man," a variation on Milton's attempt in Paradise Lost to "justify the ways of God to Man" . It challenges as prideful an anthropocentric world-view. The poem is not solely Christian; however, it makes an assumption that man has fallen and must seek his own salvation. It consists of four epistles that are addressed to Lord Bolingbroke. Pope presents an idea or his view on the Universe; he says that no matter how imperfect, complex, inscrutable and disturbing the Universe appears to be, it functions in a rational fashion according to the natural laws. The natural laws consider the Universe as a whole a perfect work of God. To humans it appears to be evil and imperfect in many ways; however, Pope points out that this is due to our limited mindset and limited intellectual capacity. Pope gets the message across that humans must accept their position in the "Great Chain of Being" which is at a middle stage between the angels and the beasts of the world. If we are able to accomplish this then we potentially could lead happy and virtuous lives. The poem is an affirmative poem of faith: life seems to be chaotic and confusing to man when he is in the center of it, but according to Pope it is really divinely ordered. In Pope's world, God exists and is what he centres the Universe around in order to have an ordered structure. The limited intelligence of man can only take in tiny portions of this order and can experience only partial truths, hence man must rely on hope which then leads into faith. Man must be aware of his existence in the Universe and what he brings to it, in terms of riches, power and fame. It is man's duty to strive to be good regardless of other situations: this is the message Pope is trying to get across to the reader. It sort of starts to add up, esp. when considering how myths and thought processes that dream that up (cannot even start on psychiatry)..no form of communications back then , but still all the same. I guess I am not exactly sure what the intent of the article here is about. But hey, you said it would be okay to write. Oh yeah, the dinosaur that was found with blood tissue still in tact. Interesting concept, Logical fallacy.

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