Dear Sir, your astonishment's odd: I am always about
in the Quad. And that's why the
tree Will continue to be Since observed by
Yours faithfully,God. See Knox 476:22. Anonymous c.1924 Reply to Ronald Knox's limerick. The limericks summarize Bishop
George Berkeley's philosophy that everything is
dependent at all times on the will of God.
We are survival machinesrobot vehicles blindly programmed to
preserve the selfish molecules known as genes. This is a
truth which still fills me with astonishment. Richard Dawkins The Selfish Gene, ch.2.
The point is the seeingthe grace beyond recognition,
the ways of the bird rising,
unnamed, unknown, beyond the range of
language, beyond its noun. Eyes open on
growing, flying, happening, and go on opening.
Manifold, the world dawns on
unrecognizing, realizing eyes. Amazement is the
thing. Not love, but the
astonishment of loving. Alastair Reid Weathering,'Growing, Flying, Happening'.
Just a little more reverence, please, and not so much astonishment. Sir (Harold) MalcolmWatts Sargent Attributed,
admonishing a choir singing Handel's'For Unto Us a Child is Born'.