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The Celtic Art Coracle Volume 1 Issue 2 p. 25
Celtic Vision Robert O'Driscoll  page 2

What else is characteristic of Celtic Vision and Culture? A love of infinite things that can never be satisfied on this earth, as Yeats says, men are "born and must die with their great thirst unslaked"; a response to emotion and impulse, to whatever impulse is most immediate and pressing; a realization that Mankind is not complete, the initiator of action, but merely the foam upon the deep, merely the medium of immortal emotion or the blossom of some spiritual impulse; self- possession in the face of danger, courage when confronted with impossible odds; gaiety in the face of terror and defeat, indifference to death, whether it be the death of a dream or the death of the mortal body.

Most of all the Celt treasures the sanctity of individual freedom, and the battle of the individual soul against the bureaucracy is for him the battle of spiritual forces against the material forces of Empire and State, a portion of the everlasting battle between light and darkness, good and evil, spirit and matter, and what may be even more important, the restoring in our western world of that God-given gift which we are being consistently and increasingly denied: the expression of our own free will.

With Vico,  Spengler, Yeats, we believe that the periphery of one age may become the spiritual nucleus of the next and that a Celtic Consciousness may become for our post-modern epoch what the art, literature and thought of Ancient Greece and Rome were for the founders of the modern era 500 years ago.

 

The Celtic Art Coracle Vol 1
Contents Coracle Press 1983
ISSN 0828-8321 
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10.02.01edition
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