Awakening the inner powers, now the ontological intuition is able to respond to the smallest whisper of Love within, without which living becomes restless humdrum. Each movement of infinite nature invokes a matching response in the soul. This is not romantic imagination but ontological correspondence, a stunning actuality felt as a mysterious goodness that changes all perception and our attitude to life. When this ontological correspondence is unawakened or dead, the human being becomes entombed by the mere circumstances of outer existence, a victim of its vagaries. Without the “tongueless” or silent music of the being the human is reduced from the potentiality of being to the existence of an automaton carried by winds whose caprice he cannot control. The task before education is to help prevent this reduction and resist the collapse of the potentialities.
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