Tag Archives: nature

Not until we have lost the world

“Not till we are completely lost or turned round — for a man needs only to be turned once with his eyes shut in this world to be lost — do we appreciate the vastness and strangeness of Nature. Every man has to learn the points of the compass again as often as he awakes, whether from sleep or an abstraction. Not until we are lost, in other words, not until we have lost the world, do we begin to find ourselves, and realize where we are and the infinite extent of our relations.”

– Henry David Thoreau

I can get very caught up in the day-to-day stuff of life. It’s easy; there’s a lot of stuff, and some of it is essential. But we can’t be like that all the time. We need to get away from what we know, from time to time, and see the whole world as it is.

This is why I love fantastical stories. I know that isn’t what Thoreau was getting at, but for me, they are a way of getting lost to find your self. Good fantasy and science fiction describe real people (with real flaws and real emotions) in completely unreal situations, helping you to see things in a new way.

 

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The Gladdest Thing Under the Sun

{A beautiful spring poem for a beautiful spring day. Enjoy.}

Afternoon on a Hill

I will be the gladdest thing
   Under the sun!
I will touch a hundred flowers
   And not pick one.

I will look at cliffs and clouds
   With quiet eyes,
Watch the wind bow down the grass,
   And the grass rise,

And when the lights begin to show
   Up from the town,
I will mark which must be mine,
   And then start down!

– Edna St. Vincent Millay

God Is the Friend of Silence

“We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature — trees, flowers, grass — grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence. We need silence to be able to touch souls.”
– Mother Teresa

{Growing up in a house full of music, I’m not used to silence, and sometimes it makes me uncomfortable. I need to cultivate a habit of silence.}

The Poem of Creation

“The morning wind forever blows, the poem of creation in uninterrupted; but few are the ears that hear it.”
– Henry David Thoreau

Complete Understanding of the Universe

“My goal is simple. It is a complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is, and why it exists at all.”
– Stephen Hawking