The Deeper Teachings of Plant Life

The Deeper Teachings of Plant Life

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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. 1903 edition. Excerpt: ...of weighing in scales. It appeals instantly to the eye and the judgment. But God works more frequently after the manner of the steelyard, the fairness of which is not evident at first sight. It is a roundabout process. Weight is given in another way than by symmetrical arrangement. We have to think for a time and reason from one thing to another before we can reach a satisfactory conclusion. There are mysteries in God's providence which perplex us; and oftentimes we despair of reconciling the justice and goodness of God in what we see or experience. And yet a thoughtful mind can distinguishjla noble equity rulinglthrough all seeming irregularities and inequalities, and ever redressing the over-weighted balance. God's method seems to be more akin to that of the Eastern than to that of the Western world. A European artist seeks a direct unity in his work. One thing is set over against another, and parts are equally repeated. Japanese artists, on the contrary, love irregularity. They never put two things in such a way as that they exactly balance one another. They give compensation not in an even but in a diametrical way. This method seems more like that of nature than our Western theories of art. And it would appear as if the natural world were constructed upon some such plan. It shows us how God's ways can be equal in the midst of their inequalities, and how He brings a higher order out of the most apparently unsymmetrical things. Pluck the leaf of the common elm tree, and you will notice that its two sides do not correspond. They are not only of different sizes, but the base of each proceeds from a different point, so that one side is narrower and shorter than the other. So also with the leaf of the lime-tree; if more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 154g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236881966
  • 9781236881960