And the LORD was sorry that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart.
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Ambrose of Milan
“I will blot out man and beasts and creeping things and birds of the air.” What transgression could the irrational creatures have ever committed? But since they had been created for the sake of man, after that for whom they had been created was wiped out, it was logical that they were destroyed too, because there was no one who could profit from them. This is also clear in a deeper sense. Man is a mind endowed with reason. Man is defined as a living, mortal and rational being. When he, who is the principal element, disappears, every aspect of sensible life also disappears.