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Monday, May 17th, 2004

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The "literary agent" had much to say
[Holmes] walked past the couch to the open window, and held up the drooping stalk of a moss-rose, looking down at the dainty blend of crimson and green. . . ."There is nothing in which deduction is so necessary as in religion," said he, leaning with his back against the shutters. "It can be built up as an exact science by the reasoner. Our highest assurance of the goodness of Providence seems to me to rest in the flowers. All other things, our powers our desires, our food, are all really necessary for our existence in the first instance. But this rose is an extra. Its smell and its color are an embellishment of life, not a condition of it. It is only goodness which gives extras, and so I say again that we have much to hope from the flowers."

- The Naval Treaty

I'd add something else, but I'm afraid I don't have anything more sage than what's already there. But the beauty of nature has alway sparked my faith (and signaled to me that there must be a connection between the science of nature and the designs of whatever divinity exists, notwithstanding that - chance or otherwise - we are surely conditioned to find nature beautiful) and it seems to me that one who does not see the divine in Spring's early blooms is unlikely to see it anywhere else, either.

Deep thoughts come at the strangest times.

Current Mood: pensive

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