Brier-Patch Philosophy

Brier-Patch Philosophy

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1906 edition. Excerpt: ...that you thoughtlessly call life. The Rabbit will consider the subject of animal death in another meditation. Just now it is enough for our purpose to remind you, as one of your own naturalists has suggested, that all animals have a strange consciousness of a journey from which they will not return to their accustomed haunts; and since they love the pleasant haunts they put off the journey as long as possible. When the time comes, if they are not hurried swiftly away in the meantime, they go quietly to a good hiding-place and lie down to sleep, still thinking to put off the journey. What follows the sleep we do not know. Our first sleep is perhaps as great a mystery as the last. To sleep at all, to lose consciousness of the glad bright world in a maze of darkness and dreams, would seem a terrible thing if we had not grown accustomed to it when we were too young to think. So with this last sleep whose long silence puzzles us. We expect to awaken, and Nature has never yet deceived us. Therefore we sleep at last, as we have lived, gladly and without anxiety. Surely, therefore, it is not altogether our ignorance which brightens our outlook on the world. Ignorance is rather allied to darkness than to light; and I fancy that a perfect wisdom, which perfectly understood this amazing brier patch of mine and that stupendous world of yours, would be quite cheerful about both. Very wise men, I know, though tolerant and kindly, are generally not over-cheerful, but seem burdened by the weight of their knowledge. That is because their knowledge, after all, is but little, --a drop out of the brook, a leaf out of the clover patch, as they well know. Yet the drop is like the brook, and the leaf is like the clover patch; and if one could only understand the..show more

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  • Paperback | 62 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 127g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236758463
  • 9781236758460