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  • It is as fatal in result as the opposite error of deliberately arrested development, which, being attuned to the wonderful rhythms of natural life, is content with this increase of sensibility; and, becoming a "nature-mystic," asks no more.

    Practical Mysticism

  • Now every word of this passage may be welcomed by the nature-mystic without his thereby yielding his contention that mountains and rivers and forests have a definite and immanent objective significance of their own.

    Nature Mysticism

  • But the modern nature-mystic cannot rest content with the last line.

    Nature Mysticism

  • Yes, the nature-mystic might well be content to rest his case on the influences of a calm at sea or a peaceful sunset.

    Nature Mysticism

  • There is, however, another aspect of the charge of anthropomorphism -- one which is more difficult to deal with because it affects at times the nature-mystic himself.

    Nature Mysticism

  • The nature-mystic avers that what he deemed a recurrence of meaningless, if pleasant, "well-worn thoughts" was really an approach to the heart of nature from which an imperfect understanding of the place and function of science had carried him away.

    Nature Mysticism

  • We turn to a very different form of speculation, yet one equally favourable to the essential contention of the nature-mystic -- that of Schopenhauer, a philosopher whose system is attracting closer and keener attention as the years pass by.

    Nature Mysticism

  • And what is this but to claim for the mass of men, in varying but definite degrees, a capacity for the experiences of the nature-mystic?

    Nature Mysticism

  • But even this expansion of meaning does not satisfy the nature-mystic.

    Nature Mysticism

  • But further, the symbolic conception of nature would seem to contradict the requirement of immediacy -- a requirement more vital to the Absolutist than to the genuine nature-mystic, and yet apparently lost from the view of those who are the strongest advocates of symbolism.

    Nature Mysticism

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