The Eristes Statement: "Ο Θεός δεν κανόνα υψηλό, κάνουμε κανόνα χαμηλή. Θα αποφανθεί ως μία," (God does rule high. We do rule low. We rule together) was a common philosphical conclusion that emerged in ancient Athens, that became a founding principal of future religious concepts to rule the nation, and many that followed. The statement is generally attributed to Eristes and the first Athenian Philospher Council-- (translated literally as the "thinking council").

Analysis and Original Concept

In the year 332 BCE, King Alexander of Athens called together a great council of Philosophers, intent on debating and discussing several religious and secular contradictions. Led by Aristotle, the council made several conclusions, most of which have been lost in time, excluding the Eristes Statement, presented above. The statement, originally almost four scrolls long, outlined a clear system of the relation between the sciences of the earth, and the religious aspects of the heavens. It is generally accepted that the statement reflects that the Gods of Olympus rule over earth as a entity, and control the paths the Earth and its people endure. "God does rule high," reflects that the people of the earth owe obidence and loyalty to the Pantheon, but there decisions are not the results of the actions of the divine. Instead, the Eristes Statement defines the role of humanity of controlling over the everyday personal choices, restricted to creating manly devices, but never altering with the authority of nature. It is assumed that the final conclusion, "We rule together," explains a unity and conjugation between humanity and the divine, for it is the right of the gods to rule over the path of the earth, and it is the right of the man to rule over his earth, never violating the rights of the opposite.

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