chapter  6
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. Wherein lies the Soul's Perfection

From the previous Section it has become obvious that the human soul has a perfection and a defect, and an account of that perfection has already been given in summary fashion. It has now become necessary to expatiate on that perfection in detail, so that once men become aware of its true nature, they will not grudge expending their supremest effort in quest of it. So we say: in the case of every existent being that is compound, its perfection is something other than the perfection of its parts or simples.l13 Thus, the perfection of oxymel is something other than the perfection of vinegar and of honey, and that of a house something other than the perfection of wood and of stone. Now since Man is compound, his perfection too is something other than that of his simples and parts; indeed, he has a perfection in which no single existent being participates with him; and the most perfect of men is the one who is the most capable of manifesting that particularity, and the one most attached to it, without exposure to the inroads of negligence or vacillation. The situation of virtue and perfection being known, that of vice and deficiency, which is its counterpart, is also obvious.