Fig. 25: see p.28, below
When we use the words "Celtic Vision" we do not mean
"Celtic" in a nationalistic, ethnic or racial sense, but to incorporate a wider
frame of reference than is contained within the boundaries of the Celtic world.
We see the Celt as representing the all- engulfing primal matrix from which a
succession of European civilizations have emerged.
It may be that by focusing on that matrix, that the fragmentary aspects
of recent European history can be made intelligible and perhaps reconciled.
We see the Celt as providing a counter to the materialistic
consciousness that now dominates our modern world. The Celt does not conceive all
knowledge as emanating from sense impressions or analytic science, but he tends to look
upon nature and the material world as if at a spiritual thing expressing itself. He
envisages the earth and all forms of life as holy and haunted. Accepting, too, the brevity
of life, and the conditions of life, he strives not for mesmeric mastery of the outer
world, not for the imposition of will or proliferation of empire, whether invisible or
visible, but he seeks inner illumination and freedom and at all times seeks to accompany
his observation of the external world with an intense spiritual awareness and a descent
into the well of his own being.
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