Friday, December 09, 2005
William Wordsworth on Nature
"One impulse from a vernal wood
May teach you more of man,
Of moral evil and of good,
Than all the sages can."
"After you have exhausted what there is in business, politics, conviviality, and so on— have found that none of these finally satisfy, or permanently wear— what remains? Nature remains."
Two quotes from Wordsworth to remind us of Nature, to help us pause in our ordinary pursuits and recall the deep and lasting value it offers. It's far too easy, unfortunately, to forget this value as we strive to build, to complete, to acquire and consume.
A welcome pause.