“Considering that we are born with this condition, that is, that we can become whatever we choose to become, we need to understand that we must take earnest care about this, so that it will never be said to our disadvantage that we were born to a privileged position but failed to realize it and became animals and senseless beasts…. Above all, we should not make that freedom of choice God gave us into something harmful, for it was intended to be to our advantage. Let a holy ambition enter into our souls; let us not be content with mediocrity, but rather strive after the highest and expend all our strength in achieving it.” – Giovanni Pico della Mirandola
Each of us was born with a holy ambition, a particular confluence of the spirits of love and truth which properly gestated ought to be born into a unique and perfect expression of the spirit of life. We are likewise each blessed with the freedom of choice, the sacred privilege of deciding how to use what we were given at birth and what we’ve obtained in life in the accomplishment of this aim.
Mediocrity marks the line between a living soul and a walking corpse. Moreover, it is an abuse of free will. The only way to live – to truly live as God intended – is through striving after the highest in all things – not just in that which we like to do, that for which we have a natural talent or that in which we excel already – but in in all things.