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My gaze is clear as a sunflower.
My way is to walk the roads
Looking right and left
And sometimes looking behind me…
What I see at each moment
Is that which I never
Caught sight of before.
I have the knack of full awareness
The knack of essential astonishment
That an infant might experience
If at birth he were aware
That he was actually born!
I feel myself born at each moment
Into the everlasting newness
of the world.
I believe in the world
As I believe in a daisy
Because I see it.
But I do not think about it
Because to think is to not-understand.
The world was not made
For us to think about it
(To think is to have sick vision)
But for us to look at it and assent.
I have no philosophy: I have senses …
If I talk of nature, that is not because
I know what nature is
But because I love it, and love is for this only:
For he who loves never knows what he loves
Or why he loves, or what love is.
Loving is eternal innocence
And the only innocence is not-thinking.
from The Keeper of the Flocks
translated by Thomas Merton