“In trying to find the right name for that Universal Mind …”

“As St. Augustine said: ‘One can know what God is not; one cannot know what He is.’ I think I know what He is not: He is not despair, He is not terror, He is not the earth in one’s rattling throat, not the black hum in one’s ears fading to nothing in nothing. I know also that the world could not have occurred fortuitously and that somehow Mind is involved as a main factor in the making of the universe. In trying to find the right name for that Universal Mind, or First Cause, or the Absolute, or Nature, I submit that the Name of God has priority.”

– Dr. C. Kinbote, Commentary on “Pale Fire”, line 549

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