“We think we progress wonderfully in the arts

Image“We think we progress wonderfully in the arts and sciences as one century follows another. What does it amount to? It does not teach us the all-why. It does not let us cease to wonder what it is that we are doing, where it is that we are going. It does not teach us why the green comes again to the old, old hills in the spring; why the benign balm-o’-Gilead shines wet and sweet after the rain; why the red never fails to come to breast of the robin, the black to the crow, the gray to the little wren; why the sand and barrenness lies stretched out around us; why the clouds float high above us; why the moon stands in the sky, night after night; why the mountains and valleys live on as the years pass.

The arts and sciences go on and on – still we wonder. We have not yet ceased to weep.

And in the midst of our great wondering, we wonder why some of us are given faith to trust without question, while the rest of us are left to eat out our life’s vitals with asking.”

– Mary MacLane, “I Await the Devil’s Coming”

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One thought on ““We think we progress wonderfully in the arts

  1. Brilliant and poetic! Thank you. Progress, what a wonderful fantasy in which we imagine ourselves heroically doing what no other generation in the past has ever managed to do; eliminate all evil and create Paradise.

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