Posted by: henrymcghie | September 13, 2012

The Outermost House- just beautiful

Hello, I thought I’d share a fantastic piece of writing with you. This is from Henry Beston’s ‘The Outermost House’, a classic written in 1925. I first came across this when I was about 16 in a book about Wolves. It is as perfect now as it was then:

“We need another and a wiser and perhaps a more mystical concept of animals. Remote from universal nature, and living by complicated artiface, man in civilization surveys the creature through the glass of his knowledge and sees thereby a feather magnified and the whole image in distortion. We patronize them for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate of having taken form so far below ourselves. And therein we err, and greatly err. For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours they move finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendor and travail of the earth.”

Hope you like it,

Henry

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