The Horror in Clay

           "Ofsuchgreatpowersorbeingstheremaybeconceivablyasurvival... asurvivalofahugelyremoteperiodwhen... consciousnesswasmanifested,perhaps,inshapesandformslongsincewithdrawn beforethetideofadvancinghumanity... formsofwhichpoetryandlegend alonehavecaughtaflyingmemoryandcalledthemgods,monsters, mythicalbeingsofallsortsandkinds..." 

           AlgernonBlackwood 

           Themostmercifulthingintheworld, Ithink,istheinabilityofthehumanmindtocorrelateallitscontents. Weliveonaplacidislandofignoranceinthemidstofblackseasofinfinity, anditwasnotmeantthatweshouldvoyagefar. Thesciences,eachstraininginitsowndirection, havehithertoharmeduslittle; butsomedaythepiecingtogetherofdissociatedknowledgewillopenupsuchterrifyingvistasofreality, andofourfrightfulpositiontherein,thatweshalleithergomadfromtherevelation orfleefromthedeadlylightintothepeace andsafetyofanewdarkage. 

           Theosophistshaveguessedattheawesomegrandeurofthecosmiccycle whereinourworldandhumanraceformtransientincidents. Theyhavehintedatstrangesurvivalsinterms whichwouldfreezethebloodifnotmaskedbyablandoptimism. Butitisnotfromthemthattherecamethesingleglimpseofforbiddenaeons whichchillsmewhenIthinkofitandmaddensmewhenIdreamofit. Thatglimpse,likealldreadglimpsesoftruth, flashedoutfromanaccidentalpiecingtogetherofseparatedthings inthiscaseanoldnewspaperitemandthenotesofadeadprofessor. Ihopethatnooneelsewillaccomplishthispiecingout; certainly,ifIlive, Ishallneverknowinglysupplyalinkinsohideousachain. 

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