Naïveté

While it is definitely interesting, and puzzling, and complicating that Milton lets us know that Reason can be beguiled. That even man striving towards moral perfection or Angel living very close to it, can still be duped by a bug in the system (or frog or snake or cherub), Milton’s emphasis on this, his clearing of God’s justice, for me really highlights Satan’s movement away from the moral good. Rather than display the fallibility of the striving, free will and naïveté emphasize just how much free will one has, enough to begin to move other towards the null moral set. This idea to me is really powerful, and in situation of Satan clearly demonstrates his severe movement away from his former light. It also reminds me of the dialogue between Socrates and Polus on suffering and pain, and who suffers worse between the victim and the perpetrator.

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