Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), a French philosopher and scientist once said: By
space the universe encompasses and swallows me as an atom; by thought I
Man has been created by God with two opposing yet complementary qualities: the
spiritual and the physical. On the one hand is his mind, in respect of which he
finds himself limitless. He can think anything he wishes; there are simply no
boundaries to his thinking.
Yet, in his physical existence, man is extremely limited. He is bound by
innumerable kinds of constraints. The greatest limiting factor which man faces
is death. Death nullifies all greatness in man.
This is man’s severest test. In all his apparent greatness, he must acknowledge
how humble is his condition. Passing from a limitless to a limited environment
he must acknowledge the confines within which he lives. He must accept
restrictions in an atmosphere of freedom.
Man is constantly under trial in this world. To pass all tests, one must learn
his practical limitations vis à vis his intellectual limitlessness. By so doing,
he can save himself from all misapprehensions, and can exercise his free will in
the sphere of reality.
So far as animals are concerned, their thinking capacity barely goes beyond the
immediate needs of survival. They are, in this sense, like living machines. By
contrast, the area of man’s thinking is vast. The greatest test of humanity is
to discover a balance between thinking and action.