Thursday’s Zen

August 30, 2010 · 3 comments

You will never know the world aright till the Sea floweth in your Veins, till you are Clothed with the Heavens and Crowned with the Stars; And perceive yourself to be the Sole Heir of the Whole World; And more then so, because Men are in it who are every one Sole Heirs, as well as you.  Till you are intimately Acquainted with that Shady Nothing out of which this World was made; Till your spirit filleth the whole World and the Stars are your Jewels; Till you love Men so as to Desire their Happiness with a thirst equal to the zeal of your own.

Thomas Traherne

Hoo boy, do I have a long way to go.

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jennifer September 1, 2010 at 17:57

Come on….you’re getting closer


melissa September 14, 2010 at 06:01

definitely goosebump-inducing. huxley uses this traherne quote in “perennial philosophy”–ever read?


niceguyted September 14, 2010 at 11:15

Huh. No, I haven’t. I’ve only read Brave New World – I dug it, but haven’t moved on to read any of his other stuff. Would you recommend Perennial Philosophy?

btw – it seems that quite a few writers of Huxley’s time wrote both fiction (sci fi/fantasy) and real philosophy stuff. CS Lewis, for example.


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