Monday, July 17, 2017

The greatness of small things (Muriel Barbery)

   We have a knowledge of harmony, anchored deep within.  It is this knowledge that enables us, at every instant, to apprehend quality in our lives and, on the rare occasions when everything is in perfect harmony, to appreciate it with the apposite intensity.  And I am not referring to the sort of beauty that is the exclusive preserve of Art.  Those who feel inspired, as I do, by the greatness of small things will pursue them to the very heart of the inessential where, cloaked in everyday attire, this greatness will emerge from within a certain ordering of ordinary things and from the certainty that all is as it should be, the conviction that it is fine this way.

--Muriel Barbery, The Elegance of the Hedgehog

Image source:  Sand under a microscope, magnified 250x

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