"Something will come after this, although who knows what that will be. All we know is it’s
not time to build just now."
"a time when all the cards have been thrown up into the air, waiting to be gathered up
into new patterns.”
Here is a passage from Emerson’s famous essay “The Over-Soul”:
Yet there is a depth in those brief moments which constrains us to ascribe more reality
to them than to all other experiences. . . .
[T]hat great nature in which we rest, as the earth lies in the soft arms of the atmosphere
[is] that Unity, that Over-Soul, within which every man’s particular being is contained
and made one with all other. . . . We live in succession, in division, in parts, in particles.
Meantime within man is the soul of the whole; the wise silence; the universal beauty, to which
every part and particle is equally related; the eternal One. And this deep power in which
we exist, and whose beatitude is all accessible to us, is not only self-sufficing and perfect
in every hour, but the act of seeing and the thing seen, the seer and the spectacle,
the subject and the object, are one.
We see the world piece by piece, as the sun, the moon, the animal, the tree;
but the whole, of which these are the shining parts, is the soul. . . .
All goes to show that the soul in man is . . . the background of our being, in which they lie,
— an immensity not possessed and that cannot be possessed. From within or from behind,
a light shines through us upon things, and makes us aware that we are nothing,
but the light is all. A man is the facade of a temple wherein all wisdom and all good abide. . .
When it breathes through his intellect, it is genius;
when it breathes through his will, it is virtue;
when it flows through his affection, it is love. . . .
this current collective feeling is not something new. Emerson wrote that in 1841.
this country is in a leadership crisis which hasn’t been experienced this dramatically
since the 1860’s, and the world is in a pandemic the likes of which has not been experienced
There were a lot fewer people then, and the brunt trauma to the environment had not begun,
and yet the entire living population was forced to endure widespread changes,
and then continue on