From “The Velveteen Rabbit”:
“It doesn’t happen all at once,” said the Skin Horse. “You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t often happen to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”
Once you become Real, you can’t be ugly…❤️
“Das Denken ist nur ein Traum des Fühlens, ein erstorbenes Fühlen, ein blass-graues, schwaches Leben.
Thinking is only a dream of feeling; a dead feeling; a pale-grey, feeble life.
NOVALIS. — Die Lehrlinge zu Sais.”
I think I would comment that feeling is, while a flowing stream from the heart of life, it is still only another stream, as is thinking; both are an activity brought forth by or from life, and neither the “heart” or meaning of life itself. But it is quite interesting to distinguish thinking from life- I think we disassociate life or our selves easier from feeling – at least I do- as it appears to be less trustworthy. But thought, while very other than feeling, I feel also has to be distinguished from life itself. It is an activity of life, and therefore by that very nature is not life itself.
“I did not come through any door,” I rejoined.
“I saw you come through it!–saw you with my own ancient eyes!” asserted the raven, positively but not disrespectfully.
“I never saw any door!” I persisted.
“Of course not!” he returned; “all the doors you had yet seen–and you haven’t seen many–were doors in; here you came upon a door out! The strange thing to you,” he went on thoughtfully, “will be, that the more doors you go out of, the farther you get in!”
– George MacDonald, Lilith
This one has new meaning for me after hearing Jerry Root and Mark Neal’s 1st lecture in their Neglected CS Lewis Series, and Lewis’s allusions to the mirrors of self.