By Julian May
The twenty first century was once drawing to a detailed, and metapsychic humankind used to be poised eventually to accomplish team spirit -- to be admitted into the gang brain of the already unified alien races of the Galactic Milieu. yet a starting to be corps of rebels used to be plotting to maintain the folk of Earth without end separate within the identify of human individuality. And the rebels had a mystery supporter: Fury, the insane metapsychic creatrue that will cease at not anything to say humanity for itself. Fury's maximum enemy used to be the mutant genius Jack the Bodiless, whose energy it craved. yet Jack may by no means be a device for Fury . . .
And so it grew to become to Dorothea Macdonald, a tender lady who had spent a life-time hiding her towering mindpowers from the simplest brain readers of the Milieu. yet she couldn't disguise them from Fury -- or from Jack. many times she rejected their advances, unwilling to be drawn into the maelstrom of galactic politics or megalomaniacal goals. And finally, not anyone -- no longer Jack, now not Fury, now not even the Galactic Milieu -- will be a fit for the remarkable powers of the lady who may turn out to be referred to as Diamond masks . . .
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D. 3, q. 3, a. 127 "Nulla potentia passiva potest in actum exire nisi completa per formam activi, per quam fit in actu; quia nihil operatur nisi secundum quod est in actu" (In III Sent. d. 14, q. 1, a. 1, sol. 2). In the same article St. Thomas remarks that the human mind is passive also for the reason that it finds itself in a situation of potency before the infinite multitude of objects apt to be known: "Intellectus est cognitivus omnium entium, quia ens et verum convertuntur, quod est objectum intellectus.
As to the type of distinction that William of Auvergne establishes between existence (quo est) and essence (id quod est) this text shows again that it is a real one and that it belongs to the class of substance-acident, as it is suggested by the example: "quemadmodum album est album ex subiecto et albedine". "Here, remarks A. 17 Consequently they add Aristotle's metaphysical language to their already rich and complex philosophical vocabulary. In the Stagirite they could find an interesting classification of the main meanings of the term being (ens).
THE METAPHYSICS OF BEING 49 essendi est ex natura vel quidditate generis vel speciei". 47 In the same Distinction he shows that essence is the cause of the limitation of the perfection of esse in the following way: "Every creature has a finite being (esse). Yet an esse that is not received in something is not finite but absolute. 48. In Distinction XLIII of Book I he proves that essence is the reason for the limitation of the perfection of esse in creatures. From the proposition that if a creature were the esse absolutum then it would be impossible to distinguish it from God, he draws the conclusion that in order for esse to be multiplied many receptacles would be needed capable of receiving it: such receptacles are the essences.
Diamond Mask (Galactic Milieu Trilogy) by Julian May