A THOUGHT FOR THE WORLD TODAY
You never enjoy the world aright, till you so love the beauty of enjoying it, that you are covetous and earnest to persuade others to enjoy it. And so perfectly hate the abominable corruption of men in despising it, that you would rather suffer the flames of hell than willingly be guilty of their error.
There is so much blindness and ingratitude and damned folly in it.
The world is a mirror of infinite beauty, yet no man sees it. It is a temple of majesty, yet no man regards it. It is a region of light and peace, did not man disquiet it.
Centuries: Thomas Traherne 1637-1674
The author of this remarkable collection of meditations of which this is number 31 was born in Hereford in 1637 the son of a poor shoemaker. Losing his parents early in his life he was cared for by a relation.
From this disadvantaged start in life he took his B.A. at Brazenove College, Oxford. Eventually he was ordained by the Bishop of Oxford and won an M.A. degree.
He led a simple and devout life, bequeathing only his books and old hat.
His message is of such great significance today that it should be assimilated into the minds of all mankind before it is too late.
Tony is a London-based reflexologist and founder of Advanced Reflexology Techniques (ART)