We have set thee at the world's center that thou mayest from thence more easily observe whatever is in the world. We have made thee neither of heaven nor of earth, neither mortal nor immortal, so that with freedom of choice and with honor, as though the maker and molder of thyself, thou mayest fashion thyself in whatever shape thou shalt prefer. Thou shalt have the power to degenerate into the lower forms of life, which are brutish. Thou shalt have the power, out of thy soul's judgment, to be reborn into the higher forms, which are divine ...
Whatever seeds each man cultivates will grow to maturity and bear in him their own fruit. If they be vegetative, he will be like a plant. If sensitive, he will become brutish. If rational, he will grow into a heavenly being. If intellectual, he will be an angel and the son of God. And if, happy in the lot of no created thing, he withdraws into the center of his own unity, his spirit, made one with God, in the solitary darkness of God, who is set above all things, shall surpass them all.
This quotation well states the primary assertion of the humanists, articulating the idea that it is Man himself who will determine all the aspects and conditions pertaining to his existence. We live in a world that we create.
But let us not forget an important thing that Pico said. Set above all things, surpassing them all, is the "solitary darkness of God." The human world that we create is not, in fact, the ultimate reality that sustains our life. Our human world is built upon, and within, and is dependent on, a world that we did not create.
To that world we must also pay attention.