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Chapter 31: Awe Comes Shaking Out of the Bones
Awe Comes Shaking Out of the Bones
THE GREEK TRAGEDIANS contended that grave adversity unveils the most buried varieties of trembling awe. Overcome with ineffable awe, an individual may be left with feelings of shock and bewilderment. The greater share of cringing awe embellishes the unassuming life.
Those awed by a tenacious desire live in a seemingly unending cycle of partially realized cravings. In the extreme, such awe is terror-ridden, inducing torments and finally leaving its prey essentially numb.
Exuberance, too, may be a type of awe, one that often transcends the usual measures of sanity and normality.
Certainly, mystical awe provides the invaluable luminescence often necessary to recognize one's place in an otherwise chaotic universe. Profound awe provides an access to bearing ...