Monday, August 30, 2010

a satiety of wonder

Speaking of a man first seeing the miracle of sky and storm:

"How different we are who have become jaded with a satiety of wonder. 'It is not by our superior insight that we escape the difficulty,' says Carlyle, 'it is by our superior levity, our inattention, our want of insight. It is not by our thinking that we cease to wonder at it... we call that fire of the black cloud electricity, and lecture learnedly about it, and grind the like of it out of glass and silk: but what is it? Whence it comes? Whither goes it? Science has done much for us; but it is a poor science that would hide from us the great depth of Nescience (absence of knowledge), whither we can never penetrate, on which all science swims as a mere superficial film. This world, after all our science and sciences, is still a miracle; wonderful, inscrutable, magical and more, to whosoever will think of it.'"

AW Tozer and Thomas Carlyle in The Knowledge of the Holy

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