Spencer Erjavec September 04, 2011 3rd Period AP Euro Views of the Nature of Men During the time of the Renaissance, the nature of man, in Europe, went through a rebirth. The idea that the nature of man is unique upon the person was established. The core basis of all men is not the same. Different men are comprised of various types of talents, and not every person has the exact same talents. In addition, human beings strive to live their lives a certain way, which is usually different from their neighbor. Every human being is born differently.
Not every man is born evil, as suggested by Machiavelli. He believed that every man was ungrateful, deceitful, and avoided danger in search of his personal gain, (Doc. 1). He may have been given this illusion when he studied Cesare Borgia, who is seen as a wicked man that was only interested in his own personal gain. Giovanni Pico agreed that men could be evil and focus on oneself, but that there was a select few. Men could be intellectual, rational, and sensual, and that it varies upon the person, (Doc 2). Each person is given different qualities. This makes men unique, with different personas.
Men are made with an assortment of talents. Some men have only a few talents, while others have so many that they cannot even focus and mature all of them, because there is not enough time in the day. Giorigo Vasari, an art historian, described this very person: Leonardo de Vinci. Leonardo was showered with talents, that whatever he decided to try, he would become and automatic master of it. Vasari said that this only happens sometimes and that it is almost supernatural, (Doc 3). Pietro Aetino, depicts the first type of person. He writes about Michelangelo’s magnificent talent for art.
Pietro chooses to write only about Michelangelo’s one talent of art, because Michelangelo only had one talent worth mentioning, unlike Leonardo who had a myriad of talents, (Doc 4). Even though men are born with different amounts of talents, they all have different and unique ones. The nature of man is not born with only one specific talent; instead, men are created with their own abnormal talents. All men strive to live their lives on what they think is appropriate. Some men want to become politicians, clergy, or even bankers. Franseco Petrarch, an Italian scholar, wanted to live an ordinary life.
He was content and happy living plainly and not lavishly. He just enjoyed being in good company, (Doc 5). Nicholas Copoernicus, wanted to live his life on how God wanted him to. He would rather live in an orthodox manner, which is how people had been living in the Middle Ages, (Doc 6). Although both men did not want to live differently than most people, they still held their own personal opinion on how they wanted to live. They could of chosen to live extravagant lives and to be powerful men, but it was their chose to be common men. In this way, they show that human nature is unique in how individuals choose to live their lives.
The view of the nature of man had changed significantly, in the Renaissance, since the time of the Middle Ages. Each man was now unique and completely different from his neighbor. Every man’s personality and personas were special to the individual. Men were composed of different amounts and types of talents. Some were great at science, some art, or others engineering. Man’s view on how they wanted to live their lives was also completely opposite then their fellow man. Overall, the nature of man became that of being their own human being and not be exactly the same as the person next to them.