The Bible of Nature: Five Lectures Delivered before Lake Forest College on the Foundation of the Late William Bross

The Bible of Nature: Five Lectures Delivered before Lake Forest College on the Foundation of the Late William Bross

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The Bible of Nature: Five Lectures Delivered before Lake Forest College on the Foundation of the Late William Bross

The Bible of Nature: Five Lectures Delivered before Lake Forest College on the Foundation of the Late William Bross

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The Sense of Wonder. --Perhaps even the most "profane person" has some secret shrine where he allows himself at least to wonder. What may not the object of this wonder be--the grandeur of the star-strewn sky, the mystery of the mountains, the sea eternally new, the way of the eagle in the air, the meanest flower that blows, the look in a child's eyes? Somewhere, sometime, somehow, every one confesses, "This is too wonderful for me."

The sense of wonder varies in expression according to race and temperament, according to health and habits, according to its degree of culture and freedom. Caliban's is different from Ariel's, and Prospero's from both. But whatever be its particular expression, the sense of wonder is one of the saving graces of life, and he who is without it might as well be dead. It lies at the roots of both science and philosophy, and it has been in all ages one of the footstools of religion. When it dies one of the lights of life goes out. Keeping to the outer world of nature, let us illustrate what may be called the mainsprings of rational wonder.

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