Quote VI – Aquinas

 Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) – “If the only things that moved an animal were things pleasurable and repugnant to the senses, there would be no need to suppose any power in it except the perception of sense forms in which it would either take pleasure or displeasure. But an animal has to seek and shun things not only because they suit or do not suit its senses but also because they are in other ways fitting and useful or harmful. Thus a lamb, when it sees a wolf approach, flees, not because it does not like the colour or shape, but because it is its natural enemy. And likewise a bird collects straw, not because it pleases its senses, but because it needs it for building its nest. So the animal has to perceive things which no external sense perceives.“

About Paul Jacko

Jacko was born in Czechoslovakia not long before the communist putsch in February 1948. He studied industrial chemistry there and left in 1969 for Australia, where he became a lawyer and established his own practice. He has now retired and beside hunting, fishing, camping, prospecting and playing golf he amuses himself by writing.
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4 Responses to Quote VI – Aquinas

  1. Trouncer says:

    When writing of animals he could have been thinking of the Green voters? Or could he?

  2. Mowgley says:

    Very interesting. But why people don’t think? I mean most people.

  3. Arty Santis says:

    Is the socialism a natural enemy of mankind? Or unnatural?

  4. Trom Toakley says:

    Very nice and thanks.

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