Clarifications/Reminders 6

The miracle of all miracles is that the genuine miracles become to us an everyday ocurrence.  –Lessing

The aspects of things that are most important for us are hidden because of their simplicity and familiarity.  (One is unable to notice something–because it is always before one’s eyes.)  The real foundations of his enquiry do not strike a man at all.  Unless that fact has at some time struck him.  And this means:  we fail to be struck by what, once seen, is most striking and powerful.  –Wittgenstein

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  1. not sure about genuine miracles but Rorty makes a perhaps similar case via Dewy for the eventual everydayness of certain works of genius, pace Heidegger who of course feared such democratization/habituation as some sort of loss of the Numinous as I think did Emerson who preached to his divinity school on the topic:

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