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Quotation by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Since everything in nature answers to a moral power, if any phenomenon remains brute and dark, it is that the corresponding faculty in the observer is not yet active.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "The Poet," Essays, Second Series (1844).
In other words, in every act of perception we are co-creators of the universe. Hence, if we find the world brutish, we are confronting such brutishness in ourselves.
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