POLITICS Walt Whitman on miracles.

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  1. chef65

    chef65 Contributor

    Realism is mine--my miracles--Take freely,
    Take without end--I offer them to you.
    I know of nothing else but miracles,
    Whether I walk the streets of Manhattan,
    Or dart my sight over the roofs of houses toward the sky,
    Or wade with naked feet along the beach, just in the edge of the water,
    Or stand under trees in the woods,
    Or talk by day with any one I love--or sleep in the bed at night with any
    one I love,
    Or sit at the table at dinner with my mother,
    Or look at strangers opposite me riding in the car,
    Or watch honey-bees busy around the hive, of a summer forenoon,
    Or animals feeding in the fields,
    Or birds--or the wonderfulness of insects in the air,
    Or the wonderfulness of the sundown--or of stars shining so quiet and bright,
    Or the exquisite, delicate, thin curve of the new moon in spring;
    Or whether I go among those I like best, and that like me best--mechanics, boatmen, farmers,
    Or among the savans--or to the _soiree_--or to the opera.
    Or stand a long while looking at the movements of machinery,
    Or behold children at their sports,
    Or the admirable sight of the perfect old man, or the perfect old woman,
    Or the sick in hospitals, or the dead carried to burial,
    Or my own eyes and figure in the glass;
    These, with the rest, one and all, are to me miracles,
    The whole referring--yet each distinct and in its place.

    4. To me, every hour of the light and dark is a miracle,
    Every inch of space is a miracle,
    Every square yard of the surface of the earth is spread with the same,
    Every cubic foot of the interior swarms with the same;
    Every spear of grass--the frames, limbs, organs, of men and women, and all that concerns them,
    All these to me are unspeakably perfect miracles.
    To me the sea is a continual miracle;
    The fishes that swim--the rocks--the motion of the waves--the ships, with men in them,
    What stranger miracles are there?”
  2. chef65

    chef65 Contributor

    “This universe is shot through with mystery. The very fact of its being, and of our own, is a mystery absolute, and the only miracle worthy of the name. The consciousness that animates us is itself central to this mystery and the ground for any experience we might wish to call 'spiritual.' No myths need be embraced for us to commune with the profundity of our circumstance. No personal God need be worshiped for us to live in awe at the beauty and immensity of creation. No tribal fictions need be rehearsed for us to realize, one fine day, that we do, in fact, love our neighbors, that our happiness is inextricable from their own, and that our interdependence demands that people everywhere be given the opportunity to flourish.” - Sam Harris

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