The Hare of Reality

It is notorious that the operations of the average human consciousness unite the self, not with things as they really are, but with images, notions, aspects of things.  The verb “to be,” which he uses so lightly, does not truly apply to any of the objects amongst which the practical man supposes himself to dwell.  For him the hare of Reality is always ready-jugged: he conceives no the living, lovely, wild, swift-moving creature which has been sacrificed in order that he may be fed on the deplorable dish which he calls “things as they really are.”  So complete, indeed, is the separation of his consciousness from the facts of being, that he feels no sense of loss.  He is happy enough “understanding,” garnishing, assimilating the carcass from which the principle of life and growth has been ejected, and whereof only the most digestible portions have been retained.  He is not “mystical.” (5-6)

Evelyn Underhill | Practical Mysticism: A Little Book for Normal People