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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.”
“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.”
“But the modern nature-mystic cannot rest content with the last line.”
“Yes, the nature-mystic might well be content to rest his case on the influences of a calm at sea or a peaceful sunset.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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?”
“But even this expansion of meaning does not satisfy the nature-mystic.”
“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.”
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