Image of artwork titled "The Over-soul" by Stephen Thorpe

Stephen Thorpe, The Over-soul, 2022
Oil on canvas
60 × 52 inches

“The Supreme Critic on the errors of the past and the present, and the only prophet of that which
must be, is that great nature in which we rest, as the earth lies in the soft arms of the atmosphere;
that Unity, that Over-soul, within which every man’s particular being is contained and made one
with all others; that common heart, of which all sincere conversation is the worship, to which all
right action is submission; that overpowering pass for what he is, and to speak from his character,
and not from his tongue, and which evermore tends to pass into our thought and hand, and
become wisdom, and virtue, and power, and beauty. We live in the succession, in division, in parts, in particles. Meantime within man is the soul of the whole; the wise silence, the universal beauty, to which every part and particle is equally related; the eternal ONE. And this deep power in which we exist, and whose beatitude is all accessible to us, is not only self-sufficing and perfect in every hour, but the act of seeing the thing seen, the seer and the spectacle, the subject and the object, are one. We see the world piece by piece, as the sun, the moon, the animal, the tree; but the whole, of which these are the shining parts, is the soul.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson, The Over-soul



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