Saturday, December 31, 2016

Only through the fullness of human experience...


“So draws to a close the country year. It is late at night, and musing here alone in the kitchen of the farm, my papers and pencils spread about on the table under the peaceful light, I venture to set down a statement of a country man's unchanged belief. 
What has come over our age is an alienation from Nature unexampled in human history. It has cost us our sense of reality and all but cost us our humanity... [M]an has almost ceased to be man. Torn from earth and unaware, having neither the inheritance and awareness of man nor the other sureness and integrity of the animal, we have become vagrants in space... 
True humanity is no inherent and abstract right but an achievement, and only through the fullness of human experience may we be as one with all who have been and all who are yet to be, sharers and brethren and partakers of the mystery of living reaching to the full of human peace and the full of human joy.”
- Henry Beston, Northern Farm, 1948

16 comments:

  1. Happy New Year!! Thank you for sharing all your beautiful photos!

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  2. Happy New Year, Thank you for the pleasure you have given me with your wonderful blog! It is a true joy to find your posts in my email each day. Jane Keller

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  3. Happy new year Muffy and thank you for reinstating the comment section.

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  4. Happy New Year Muffy. I love reading your daily postings. Linda Lyons

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  5. Thank you for taking the time to allow comments. Best wishes for a happy new year, and please stay warm.

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  6. Indeed. Thanks and happy new year to all here.

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  7. Beautiful sentiment, my hope is that everyone is listening for the sake of all of us merry xmas and happy new year ij

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  8. The truth of that second paragraph hits me right in the heart. Your daily postings have been a bright corner of humanity in my inbox each morning. Wishing you a happy 2017. B B

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  9. Happy New Year, Muffy. I have been a steady reader of your blog since the beginning.

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  10. Happy New Year. Grateful as always for this oasis of calm in my life.

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  11. "What has come over our age is an alienation from Nature unexampled in human history." No truer words have ever been spoken. I absolutely love this blog. I am new here, and in my spare time I am reading all of it from the beginning. Everything just seems to resonate with my soul. Some commenters have addressed you as Muffy, but I don't see an About page. Am I missing something? Anyway, Happy New Year to you and all of your readers. Love what you do here. Bev

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  12. ~Best wishes for 2017~

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  13. I'm a bit late, but I think it's still appropiate to wish you a happy new year.

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  14. Roderick B. SalisburyJanuary 4, 2017 at 8:32 AM

    Happy New Year! Looking forward to your 2017 blogging

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  15. Happy New Year! So glad you brought the commentary back and the sense of community. Dave

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