Reason is the highest faculty of the soul—

what we mean often by the soul itself;

it never reasons, never proves,

it simply perceives; it is vision.

The Understanding toils all the time,

compares, contrives, adds, argues,

near sighed but strong-sighted,

dwelling in the present

the expedient the customary.”

-RW Emerson





This universal soul, man calls Reason:

it is not mine, or thine, or his, but we are its;

we are its property and men.

And the blue sky in which the private earth is buried,

the sky with its eternal calm, and full of

everlasting orbs, is the type of Reason.

That which, intellectually considered, we call Reason,

considered in relation to nature, we call Spirit.

Spirit is the Creator. Spirit hath life in itself.

And man in all ages and countries, embodies it in his language.”

-RW Emerson

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