Commonplace Transcendence

The commonplace is always transcendent, not in spite of how it appears, but precisely as it appears, in its own transcendence.  It is only our lack of attention, our lack of concern, our lack of attendance, that allows the commonplace to seem common, that reduces it to the measure of our own understanding.  We have our being among things that are too much for us, too beautiful and too horrible, too massive and too miniscule, too bright and too shadowed, too full of the transcendence of the world, yet we are content to imagine that we ourselves hold the measure of everything.

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