poet Pranab K. Chakraborty

Pranab K. Chakraborty

Just As...

when enjoy the body
do it as beast does
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  • Marieta MaglasMarieta Maglas (1/9/2013 1:05:00 PM)

    There were mythological beast god like combinations of Tyrannosaurus, ZyuMammoth, Triceratops, SaberTiger and Pteranodon. But, moreover, the beast god is a philosophical concept started by Aristotle, who wrote in Politics Book that, anyone who cannot form a community with others, or who does not need to because he is self-sufficient, is no part of a city-state (polis) - he is either a beast or a god.

    Aristotle wrote that the man was the only political animal having the power of speech and having senses of good and evil, or of just and unjust. Aristotle suggested that, by definition, only the man, who's a thinker can be a god or a beast, by choosing to be good or bad and by having the power to live out of society.''For of beasts, some are gregarious, others are solitary; they live in the way which is best adapted to sustain them, accordingly as they are carnivorous or herbivorous or omnivorous: and their habits are determined for them by nature in such a manner that they may obtain with greater facility the food of their choice. But, as different species have different tastes, the same things are not naturally pleasant to all of them; and therefore the lives of carnivorous or herbivorous animals further differ among themselves. In the lives of men too there is a great difference.'', he wrote in his book. He argued that the inferior class is a class of slaves regarding the superior people. He tried to demonstrate that the nature of the men makes them be free or slaves. It is not about the slavery of the society imposed by the law, but it is purely about the men's nature. He suggested that the man must have some extraordinary powers to live out of the society.
    Aristotle himself felt this inner struggle trying to reconcile within himself searching a balance between god and beast. The conclusion is that god-beast is the human being. Aristotle's inner struggle seemed to be solved by Nietzsche, who wrote, ''“To live alone one must be a beast or a god, says Aristotle. Leaving out the third case: one must be both - a philosopher.” He argued his position by writing that the man must not 'trust but verify'.
    Aristotle suggested that the free man is a political animal - having no trust in women and slaves because of their apparently inferior powers of rationality and thought. Whilst Plato could be described as the first feminist, Aristotle's Great Chain of Being ideas were later codified by the Catholic Church.

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