128 Man is so related to all of nature that he is builded of small worlds When God made man “of the dust of the earth” He put into the compound fields & forests complete. All the mtn [mountain] ranges of the world Suns & moons & all animals & plants & minerals. When a highly developed architect builds a temple that is true & pure he draws from himself some part of nature that may also be found [outside]
129 in some piece of mtn [mountain] sculpture When a human being is exposed to the beams of beauty wh [which] radiate from a mtn [mountain] he has tingled with pleasure He requires no training to enjoy a beauty that is also in himself & wh [which] at once awakens when its rocky outer symbol [appears] Man is not only a channel through wh [which] nature flows. He is a bundle of worlds wh [which] lie calm until stirred by the [appearance]
Original journal dimensions: 7 x 15 cm.
Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library
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