11 March 2017

The Doors of Perception and Heaven and Hell, Aldous Huxley

[A.H. looking at particles of sand stuck to his hand]

"Suddenly I saw the exquisite beauty of every little grain of it; instead of being dull, I saw that each particle was made up on a perfect geometrical pattern with sharp angles, from each of which a brilliant shaft of light was reflected, while each tiny crystal shone like a rainbow... the rays crossed and recrossed, making exquisite patterns of such beauty that they left one breathless... Then, suddenly, my consciousness was lighted up from within and I saw in a vivid way how the whole universe was made up of particles of material which, no matter how dull and lifeless they might seem, were nevertheless filled with this intense and vital beauty.  For a second or two, the whole world appeared as a blaze of glory."

There is "beauty locked up in every minute speck of material around us."