The hidden menacing of natural things

How things suggest themselves to us

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The hidden menacing of natural things

William James says that a “mystic sense of hidden meaning starts upon us often from non-human natural things.” Who knows “what analogy, what secret of relation it was that made me see in this flower a limitless beauty”, for that same man, on encountering a bouquet of jonquils in bloom suddenly feels “all the happiness destined for man. This unutterable harmony of souls, the phantom of the ideal world… I shall never enclose in a conception this power, this immensity that nothing will express; this form that nothing will contain; this ideal of a better world which one feels, but which it would seem that nature has not made”

For we ourselves do not why that flower with its radiant, yellow petals stirs in us a memory, or why certain memories are more poignant and

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