It is therefore in the anatomy of the mind, as in that of the body; more good will accrue to mankind by attending to the large, open, and perceptible parts, than by studying too much such finer nerves and vessels, the conformations and uses of which will for ever escape our observation.
The disputes are all upon these last; and, I will venture to say, they have less sharpened the wits than the hearts of men against each other, and have diminished the practice more than advanced the theory of morality.
It is an attempt to justify and vindicate the ways of God to man.
It’s also a warning that man himself is not as in his pride, he seems to believe the center of all things.
[tags: Alexander Pope Essay on Man] - Alexander Pope envisioned a universe perfect by definition.
Every facet of this universe is designed solely for its place in the hierarchy of existence, and is in fact perfect for its particular station.
If I could flatter myself that this Essay has any merit, it is in steering betwixt the extremes of doctrines seemingly opposite, in passing over terms utterly unintelligble and in forming a temperate, yet not inconsistent, and a short, yet not imperfect, system of ethics.
This I might have done in prose; but I chose verse, and even rhyme, for two reasons.
Eventhough not truly Christian, the essay makes implicit assumption that man has fallen and that he must seek his own salvation.
Pope sets out to demonstrate that no matter how imperfect complex and disturbingly full evil the universe may appear to be, it does function in a rational fashion, according to natural laws and is in fact considered as a whole perf...