The Looking Glass

The Looking Glass

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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. 1917 edition. Excerpt: ...a limited circle of the waters, you know those waters stretch out league upon league in the distance, they lave shores thousands of miles away, they are filled with sea monsters, they bear myriad sails; these things are present in your imagination, but they are too great for you to grasp, and so you label them with the word "Sea." About every human being there is something mysterious, deep, high, full of mystery; you do not understand it, and you call it "Soul." In the human being is a curious spiritual machinery in which words, visions, and impressions are stored, in which thoughts are woven, in which plans are made, in which the strange processes of logic are carried on; you do not understand this, and you label it "Mind." Back of you is the record of the human race, the millions who have strived, hoped, and died, kingdoms that have risen and fallen; it is all too great for you to comprehend and so you label it "History." The infinite imposes itself upon us even in small things. If you undertake to get the square root of 2 you find it runs into a decimal that never stops; you could continue that decimal forever and ever and the numbers would go on without cease. When we speak the word "Time" we are conceiving a small slice of infinity, for time has no beginning, no end. When we think the word "Space" we entertain another thought which has no bounds. A part of the ancient city of Babylon has been uncovered, we gaze upon its ghastly ruins. Qnce Babylon was as busy as London. All its life of activity has receded to a diminishing point in the past. It has been swallowed up in infinity as London will be swallowed up. Infinity is depressing, paralyzing, confusing; it is...show more

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  • Paperback | 46 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 100g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236929160
  • 9781236929167