The following passage is from the 1923 book The Prophet, by Kahlil Gibran, a Lebanese-American philosopher and writer... This is dedicated to everyone who struggles to understand someone who allows their passions and personal beliefs to consume all reason. Please enjoy some lovely pieces from some talented artists at Etsy as you read the selection!
Reason And Passion~Kahlil Gibran
And the priestess spoke again and said: 'Speak to us of Reason and Passion.'
And he answered saying:
Your soul is oftentimes a battlefield, upon which your reason and your judgment wage war against passion and your appetite.
|The Divided from JamieLittler|
But how shall I, unless you yourselves be also the peacemakers, nay, the lovers of all your elements?
Your reason and your passion are the rudder and the sails of your seafaring soul.
A Tall Ship - Fine Art Photography by October54Gallery
For reason, ruling alone, is a force confining; and passion, unattended, is a flame that burns to its own destruction.
Therefore let your soul exalt your reason to the height of passion; that it may sing;
And let it direct your passion with reason, that your passion may live through its own daily resurrection, and like the phoenix rise above its own ashes.
|Phoenix Rising Art Print by ArtByMarinaPetro|
Surely you would not honour one guest above the other; for he who is more mindful of one loses the love and the faith of both.
Among the hills, when you sit in the cool shade of the white poplars, sharing the peace and serenity of distant fields and meadows - then let your heart say in silence, 'God rests in reason.'
And when the storm comes, and the mighty wind shakes the forest, and thunder and lightning proclaim the majesty of the sky, - then let your heart say in awe, 'God moves in passion.'
|God Holding the Universe by jburtongalleria|