The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Soul of the Far East by Percival Lowell:|
Nature that before we view its mirrored image it will be well to
look the emotion itself in the face. The Far Oriental lives in a
long day-dream of beauty. He muses rather than reasons, and all
musing, so the word itself confesses, springs from the inspiration
of a Muse. But this Muse appears not to him, as to the Greeks,
after the fashion of a woman, nor even more prosaically after the
likeness of a man. Unnatural though it seem to us, his inspiration
seeks no human symbol. His Muse is not kin to mankind. She is too
impersonal for any personification, for she is Nature.
That poet whose name carries with it a certain presumption of
infallibility has told us that "the proper study of mankind is man;"