THE CRUCIAL RESOURCE

 

Of all resources, the most crucial is Man's spirit

        Not dulled, or lulled, supine, secure, replete,does Man create,

        But out of stern challenge, in sharp excitement, with burning joy.

Man is hunter still,

        though his quarry be a hope, a mystery, a dream.

From what immortal hungers, what sudden sight of the unknown,

        surges that desire?

What flint of fact, what kindling of light of art or far horizon,

        ignites that spark?

What cry, what music, what strange beauty, strikes that resonance?

        On these hangs the future of the world.

-- NANCY NEWHALL

 

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