John Muir


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92 2 than [when] another portion of Spirit that has gathered garments of leaf & fairy flower & adorned them with all the colors of light though we say that the latter creature is of a higher form of life Now all of these varied forms high & low are simply portions of God radiated from Him as a sun & made terrestrial by the clothes that they wear & by the modifications of a corresponding kind in the first God essence itself. The more extensively [specially] terrestrial a being becomes the higher it ranks among its fellows & the most terrestrial being is the one that contains all of the others Who has indeed flowed through all of the others & borne away part of them building them all into itself Such a being is man who has flowed

93 1 What is “higher” what is “lower” in nature? We speak of “higher forms, higher types etc in [all] [of] the fields of scientific enquiry Now all of the individual “things” or “beings” into wh [which] the world is wrought are sparks of the Divine Soul variously clothed upon with flesh, leaves or that harder tissue called rock water etc. Now we observe that in cold mtn [mountain] altitudes Spirit is but thinly & plainly clothed as we descend down their wavy sides to the valleys. Clothing of all plants & beasts & of the forms of rock become more abundant & complicated When a portion of Spirit clothes itself with a sheet of lichen tissue colored simply red or yellow or gray or black we say that is a low form of life Yet is it more radically divine

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