Freedom, Fate, Reason and the Soul

“’I am following needfully,’ said I, ‘and I agree that it is as thou sayest. But in this series of linked causes is there any freedom left to our will, or does the chain of fate bind also the very motions of our souls?’ “’There is freedom,’ said she, ‘nor indeed can any creature be…

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Lovely Things and Dealing With Reality

“It is told of St. Francis of Assisi, in whom the love of lovely things was always paramount, how he forced himself to visit the lepers whose sight and smell disgusted him. … For, as he confessed, the sight of lepers ad been so grievous unto him that he had been minded to avoid not…

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Morning comes Bringing an End to the Darkest Night

“I beheld the forces of Knowledge laying siege to the city of Inherited Privilege; but they were few in number and were soon dispersed. “And I saw Freedom walking alone, knocking at doors, and asking for shelter, but no one heeded her pleas. … “I saw Religion buried in books, and Doubt stood in her…

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Life of Love, Beauty, and Freedom

“When night came and slumber spread its garment upon the face of the earth, I left my bed and walked toward the sea saying, ‘The sea never sleeps, and in its vigil there is consolation for a sleepless soul.’ … Then I saw three phantoms sitting upon a rock I stumbled towards them. … The…

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