Acknowledging Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
For nature is the entirety of the universe and all the universes and never fails to raise up in the hearts of all living beings, all that is good, not only yesterday, not yet today and forever tomorrow. These words came to me as I wrote;
“The Awakening of Epimenides, Act II, Scene 4:
Though he who has boldly risen from the abyss
Through an iron will and cunning
May conquer half the world,
Yet to the abyss he must return.
Already a terrible fear has seized him;
In vain he will resist!
And all who still stand with him
Must perish in his fall.
Now I find my good men
Are gathered in the night,
To wait in silence, not to sleep.
And the glorious word of liberty
They whisper and murmur,
Till in unaccustomed strangeness,
On the steps of our temple
Once again in delight they cry:
~ Stephen J. Bergstrom