the process of disenchantment is irreversible

From “Disenchantment—Reenchantment” by Charles Taylor (within The Joy of Secularism: 11 Essays for How We Live Now edited by George Levine): These terms are often used together, the first designating one of the main features of the process we know as secularization, the second a supposed undoing of the first, which can be either desiredContinue reading “the process of disenchantment is irreversible”

we find it hitched to everything else in the universe

From John Muir: Nature Writings (an anthology): When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe. One fancies a heart like our own must be beating in every crystal and cell, and we feel like stopping to speak to the plants and animals as friendlyContinue reading “we find it hitched to everything else in the universe”

everything entered and lived in me

A wondrous change had passed upon the world—or was it not rather that a change more marvellous had taken place in us? Without light enough in the sky or the air to reveal anything, every heather-bush, every small shrub, every blade of grass was perfectly visible—either by light that went out from it, as fireContinue reading “everything entered and lived in me”

what is there to secure me against my own brain

“If I know nothing of my own garret,” I thought, “what is there to secure me against my own brain? Can I tell what it is even now generating?—what thought it may present me the next moment, the next month, or a year away? What is at the heart of my brain? What is behindContinue reading “what is there to secure me against my own brain”

all that had then but flashed out in a glance or a gesture

She was the old Psyche still; a thousand times more her very self than she had been before the Offering. For all that had then but flashed out in a glance or a gesture, all that one meant most when one spoke her name, was now wholly present, not to be gathered up from hintsContinue reading “all that had then but flashed out in a glance or a gesture”

I am involved in Mankind

From chapter 8 of My Brother Michael by Mary Stewart: Simon said slowly, those cool eyes vividly alive now, watching the younger man, “You’re partly right. The great men know where they are going; yes, and they get there, but surely it’s a case of driving themselves without pause, rather than juggernauting over all theContinue reading “I am involved in Mankind”