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Artistic Creation and Cosmic Creation (Classic Reprint)
But when we ask ourselves about the creation of the world we stumble, because we carry these pictures about with us and we try to interpret by their help what is beyond the reach of pictures. Thus because for us a statue or a picture or a scientific theory or a steam engine is brought into being by a mind or spirit operating upon matter, or a great and...
But when we ask ourselves about the creation of the world we stumble, because we carry these pictures about with us and we try to interpret by their help what is beyond the reach of pictures. Thus because for us a statue or a picture or a scientific theory or a steam engine is brought into being by a mind or spirit operating upon matter, or a great and beautiful fancy comes or seems to come out of our minds, we imagine a spirit which is an indefinite enlargement of ours, which educes the world from we know not where by the fiat of his will. Or we may even in our naiver moments imagine some man-like creator hewing the world out of some rough quarry, as drawn in a picture which used to delight me as a boy in Pouchet s Universe which I got for a prize. Strictly speaking, we cannot ask of the whole how it came into being, for all these concep tions, coming into being, production, causation, willing, decrees, belong to the parts of the world and not to the world as a whole. The philosopher Lotze is never tired of saying that to ask the reason why the world was created is a question mal pose e. Yet the philosopher may expose the unfitness of the question as he will; the unregenerate man, and the philosopher himself, when he relaxes from his tension of thought, persists in it. He is not content to accept the world; it is so mysterious a thing that the world should be, not merely the sort of thing that it is in its details and its laws, but that it should be at all, that he finds himself unable to dispense with the imagination of a creating agency. And as if by some instinctive feeling he does not go on as he rightly should to inquire into the origin of this spirit if God made the world, what made God? The obscure and correct sentiment that no further question can be asked leaves him content with the ultimate Spirit which is, and from which all existence flows. But (Typographical errors above are due to OCR software and don't occur in the book.)
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