No one ever wants to admit that they have flaws or a weakness. To admit a thing like that would be equivalent to admitting defeat. Possessing strength and self-control creates the atmosphere of being superior. Being put on that high pedestal will only lead to a harder fall. It is impossible to be so grand that neither temptation nor physical faults are to be avoided. It is human nature, a way to learn. However important one may be, or how holy another is, or even someone with great wealth, weakness is within. Refusing and denying those weaknesses simply due to social class or enforced theory will lead to unfortunate endings.
Diving right into the Maeren of Aristotle and Phyllis, the reader is given a basic back story and introduced to the main characters. Aristotle is Alexander’s teacher who was hired by his father to instill great influence and knowledge within the young boy. As it so happens Alexander falls in love with a young maiden and loses focus on his school work. The well praised Aristotle outraged with the occurrence heads to the king to discuss the matters and has that relationship forbidden. Aristotle, the grand philosopher was highly disappointed with the lack of self-control that young Alexander has shown. Considering he is known for his enlightenment and intellect what Alexander had taken part in is much below the standards set by his instructor.
Due to Aristotle believing that he is this non flaw having individual, a person who is so highly above everyone else; only because he is so well educated, does he attempt to intercept the coming destiny. He lacks the part of humanity that everyone else seems to have, the ability to accept passion. Seen within Alexander it proves to be a flaw that Aristotle tries with...
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... horse. There is no one anywhere who can resist such a grand temptation nor deny the fact that they acquire shortcomings. Even the great fall and fail at times. The only way to survive is to acknowledge and accept the weakness. It does not make anyone any less of a human being. Rather that will make someone stronger and will also make them a noble person. If the choice is to try and put up the facade that there is nothing flawed in anything apart of you then accept that unfortunate incidents like those sentenced to Aristotle will come stumbling down. Those who believe they are superior are likely to be blind and fall for simple traps. Passion for example and every other weakness that some being might have needs to be addressed and assessed. As people we are given these attributes for a reason. What makes a person human are the flaws that form the person they are.
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