DAY 188: JULY 7 – To See Nature In All Its Glory

~ Landscape with Lake Geneva by Gustave Courbet

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The painting gives the viewer a feeling of peace and tranquility. In contrast to the period of political turmoil in France that Courbet had to deal with, his painting seem to suggest that the artist found comfort in the natural world and its beauty.

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Wisdom

Two things fill the mind with ever new and increasing admiration and awe, the oftener and more steadily we reflect on them: the starry heavens above me and the moral law within.

~ Immanuel Kant

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Wit

Moralizing and morals are two entirely different things and are always found in entirely different people.

~ Don Herold

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What Happened

1937: Death of a Japanese soldier in China starts the Second Sino-Japanese War and also the Second World War.

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Writer’s Addendum

The most beautiful pieces of art in the world are provided not by painters, poets, and musicians but by nature. What can be more beautiful than the petals of a wild flower? The natural world around us is like a living painting. Rivers that flow slowly to the sea, the birds that sing on top of trees, and the calm gentle touch of a breeze.

The world around us is dynamic. It continuously changes. Sometimes it changes for the better and other times for the worse. Painters aim to capture a moment in time. Poets aim to capture a feeling with prose. But nothing can capture nature in all its glory.

When you are troubled, go to the nearest park and observe the beauty of nature all around you. If you stand really still and be really quiet, maybe you can feel nature comforting you.

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