Whiskerino 2009

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  • posted: December 14 @ 6:35pm
Nature is made to conspire with spirit to emancipate us. Certain mechanical changes, a small alteration in our local position apprizes us of a dualism. We are strangely affected by seeing the shore from a moving ship, from a balloon, or through the tints of an unusual sky. The least change in our point of view, gives the whole world a pictorial air. A man who seldom rides, needs only to get into a coach and traverse his own town, to turn the street into a puppet-show. The men, the women, -- talking, running, bartering, fighting, -- the earnest mechanic, the lounger, the beggar, the boys, the dogs, are unrealized at once, or, at least, wholly detached from all relation to the observer, and seen as apparent, not substantial beings. What new thoughts are suggested by seeing a face of country quite familiar, in the rapid movement of the rail-road car! Nay, the most wonted objects, (make a very slight change in the point of vision,) please us most. In a camera obscura, the butcher's cart, and the figure of one of our own family amuse us. So a portrait of a well-known face gratifies us. Turn the eyes upside down, by looking at the landscape through your legs, and how agreeable is the picture, though you have seen it any time these twenty years!

-Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nature

Comments

mattyc says:
I hate gravity.
Posted: Dec 14th, 2009 - 6:36pm -
Grower&Shower says:
Perfect passage for today.
Posted: Dec 14th, 2009 - 6:45pm -
Pip says:
This one makes me laugh. Thanks.
Posted: Dec 14th, 2009 - 7:38pm -
wondermade says:
Your lips look totally different today.
Posted: Dec 14th, 2009 - 8:32pm -
Gavin says:
judging by your face everything was about to come crashing down
Posted: Dec 14th, 2009 - 10:32pm -
revgoomba says:
Ha ah! HEAD STAND!
Posted: Dec 15th, 2009 - 7:48am -
JamesC says:
i read everything you recommend.
Posted: Dec 15th, 2009 - 7:01pm -
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Whiskerino. fin.