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Nature and Our Humanity November 30, 2012

Filed under: inspiration,The Natural World — Karen Shafer @ 11:30 pm

Friday, November 30, 2012

 

 

“Nature is a part of our humanity, and without some awareness and experience of that divine mystery man ceases to be man.  When the Pleiades and the wind in the grass are no longer a part of the human spirit, a part of very flesh and bone, man becomes, as it were, a kind of cosmic outlaw, having neither the completeness and integrity of the animal nor the birthright of a true humanity…

 

The ancient values of dignity, beauty, and poetry which sustain it are Nature’s inspiration;  they are born of the mystery and beauty of the world.  Do no dishonour to the earth lest you dishonour the spirit of man.  Hold your hands out over the earth as over a flame.  To all who love her, who open to her the doors of their veins, she gives of her strength, sustaining them with her own measureless tremor of dark life.  Touch the earth, love the earth, honour the earth, her plains, her valleys, her hills, and her seas;  rest your spirit in her solitary places.  For the gifts of life are the earth’s and they are given to all, and they are the songs of birds at daybreak, Orion and the Bear, and dawn seen over ocean from the beach.”

 

                     ~~  Henry Beston, The Outermost House:  A Year of Life on the Great Beach of Cape Cod

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