An Aged Quill Recording:
Love by Ralph Waldo Emerson is now available for streaming.
Narrated by Joseph Voelbel.
Another essay in my endeavor to narrate all of Emerson’s Essays, First Series, which have had a profound impact on me and which I want to be easily available for others.
The journey towards love is an endless one of the soul, is what I gathered.
“Thus we are put in training for a love which knows not sex, nor person, nor partiality, but which seeks virtue and wisdom everywhere, to the end of increasing virtue and wisdom. We are by nature observers, and thereby learners. That is our permanent state. But we are often made to feel that our affections are but tents of a night.
Though slowly and with pain, the objects of the affections change, as the objects of thought do. There are moments when the afections rule and absorb the man and make his happiness dependent on a person or persons. But in health the mind is presently seen again, – its overarching vault, bright with galaxies of immutable lights, and the warm loves and fears, that swept over us as clouds, must lose their finite character and blend with God, to attain their own perfection.
But we need not fear that we can lose any thing by the progress of the soul. The soul may be trusted to the end. That which is so beautiful and attractice as these relatinos, must be succeeded and supplanted only by what is more beautiful, and so on for ever.”– Ralph Wald Emerson (Essays, Love)
Emerson was a father of the transcendentalist movement and was a patron to Henry David Thoreau, famous author of, On Civil Disobedience and Walden, the latter named after Walden Pond, which was located on Emerson’s property, and whom approved of Thoreau squatting there for a while.
Emerson’s insights strike clear and sound, reverberating over the decades, and one day, centuries. As narrator, I felt, it was never my place to necessarily agree with every sentiment the great thinker made, but to speak it as if it were coming from him. That to me, is the essence of a great audiobook. Now with that said, I chose Emerson as my next subject (which already has plenty of free audiobooks available online) because I like to read books that make me feel good, make me think more, and inspire me to create further in my own artistic work.
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