That Which Is Marvelous Is For Everyone

April 9, 2015

Painting of Charlemagne by Karl Baumeister. Photo taken by Bene16.

Painting of Charlemagne by Karl Baumeister. Photo taken by Bene16.

We ought to desire smaller things because of the greater things, and in function of the latter.

It is necessary that the soul be formed in such a way that a person may, in meditating on Charlemagne, at the same time be able to stop and become enthused and enchanted when, in a park, his gaze suddenly comes to rest on a ladybug.

To say “the marvelous doesn’t exist” is a way of saying “God doesn’t exist”.

Lilacs and swallowtailThere exists a conception of the Universe that considers God as the model cause of creation, as an infinitely beautiful being reflected a thousand ways in all the other beings that He created.

In such a way that there is no creature that, in one way or another, is not a reflection of the uncreated beauty of God.

A region is a territorial reality with an ensemble of constituent elements similar to those of a nation.

But above all, the beauty of God is reflected in the hierarchical and harmonic ensemble [perhaps arrangement or order(ing)?] of all of these beings.

And in a certain sense, there is no better way for us to know the infinite and uncreated beauty of God than by analyzing the finite and created beauty of the Universe.

Photo of the Ocean at Porto Covo on the west coast of Portugal taken by Alvesgaspar.

Photo of the Ocean at Porto Covo on the west coast of Portugal taken by Alvesgaspar.

For example, the beauty of the sea.

The tendency towards that which is marvelous is a tendency towards the metaphysical being expressed in a symbolic manner; therefore, it is accessible to all.

 

O Universo é uma Catedral: Excertos do pensamento de Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira recolhidos por Leo Daniele, Edições Brasil de Amanhã, São Paulo, 1997

[Nobility.org Translation]

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