Field And Hedgerow By Richard Jefferies

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there they stay, the hollow shells, like the snail shells which - Page 40
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Over Go Temples, And Minarets, And Churches, Or Rather There They Stay, The Hollow Shells, Like The Snail Shells Which Thrushes Have Picked Clean; There They Stay Like Karnac, Where There Is No More Incense, Like The Stone Circles On Our Own Hills, Where There Are No More Human Sacrifices.

Thus men's minds all over the printing-press world are unlearning the falsehoods that have bound them down so long; they are unlearning, the first step to learn.

They are going down to nature and taking up the clods with their own hands, and so coming to have touch of that which is real. As yet we are in the fact stage; by-and-by we shall come to the alchemy, and get the honey for the inner mind and soul. I found, therefore, from the dandelion that there were no books, and it came upon me, believe me, as a great surprise, for I had lived quite certain that I was surrounded with them. It is nothing but unlearning, I find now; five thousand books to unlearn.

Then to unlearn the first ideas of history, of science, of social institutions, to unlearn one's own life and purpose; to unlearn the old mode of thought and way of arriving at things; to take off peel after peel, and so get by degrees slowly towards the truth - thus writing, as it were, a sort of floating book in the mind, almost remaking the soul. It seems as if the chief value of books is to give us something to unlearn. Sometimes I feel indignant at the false views that were instilled into me in early days, and then again I see that that very indignation gives me a moral life.

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