The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Kwaidan by Lafcadio Hearn:|
charm of an Ideal, the glamour of an ancient hope;-- and something of that
hope has found fulfillment in many hearts ,-- in the simple beauty of
unselfish lives,-- in the sweetness of Woman...
-- Evil winds from the West are blowing over Horai; and the magical
atmosphere, alas! is shrinking away before them. It lingers now in patches
only, and bands,-- like those long bright bands of cloud that train across
the landscapes of Japanese painters. Under these shreds of the elfish vapor
you still can find Horai -- but not everywhere... Remember that Horai is
also called Shinkiro, which signifies Mirage,-- the Vision of the
Intangible. And the Vision is fading,-- never again to appear save in
pictures and poems and dreams...