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It is difficult for one to understand the direction of Heracleitus fragments without looking at the fragments together as a whole Thus in drawing upon his fragment numbered 72 which states The gathering Logos though men associate with it most closely yet they are separated from it and those things which they encounter daily seem to them strange one must refer to several other fragments before its meaning can be clear In an Ionian vein Heracleitus assigns transformations of matter or basic elements to illustrate the soul and Logos He identified fire as the principle element of nature and creation and assigned it to both the soul and the Logos As for the Logos that which gathers the universe he states The thunderbolt ie Fire steers the universe Fragment 64 and This ordered universe which is the same for all was not created by any one of the gods or of mankind but it was ever and is and shall be ever-living Fire kindled in measure and quenched in measure Fragment 30 In several fragments he also ties this into the soul stating that moisture and wetness will destroy a soul in Fragments 12 and 36 and asserting that a dry soul is the wisest and best in Fragment 118 From this it becomes easier to draw the connection between the Logos and soul and to understand why in Fragment 72 Heracleitus begins by stating The gathering though men associate with it most closely Man is closely associated with this gathering or Logos because he shares a common element with it and is tied to it at all times by containing this Logos within himself which can be seen through Fragment 115 The soul has its own gathering Logos which increases itself Essentially this gathering and man are One existing within one anotherYet often man is not aware of his connection to the Logos Heracleitus explains that man often walks around in waking as if
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