chapter  IX
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At The Origins Of The Present

Once one has grasped that the origin of the disturbance is that false separation between the nature of the Creator and that of His creatures, one finds art indicating in numerous ways that this separation has taken place in the most varied forms, each one of which can be correlated with certain specific phenomena of modem art and indeed with modem life as a whole. The 'great holy thing' is none of these things, rather is it something that wholly lacks a human character, or even an organic one. It is something that is the very opposite to the nature of man, it is the universal thing, a thing that cannot actually be felt and is infinite. Intensive attention paid by the human spirit to the lower forms of nature would produce no disturbance, so long as it remained balanced by the unfolding of those powers of man which correspond to higher forms of being, which are his true home.