Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Essay: "Of a Monstrous Child." Michel de Montaigne.

Review: The “monster child” is a child, fourteen months, who cannot chew, can only suck, and is joined at the hip by another body without a head. Montaigne tries to assure the reader that if we are amazed at the apparition, God is not. Whatever comes in nature is natural in the eyes of God. And the same should be true of us.

“What we call monsters are not so to God, who sees in the immensity of his work the infinity of forms that he has comprised in it…. From his infinite wisdom there proceeds nothing but that is good and ordinary and regular; but we do not see its arrangements and relationship.”

“We call contrary to nature what happens contrary to custom; nothing is anything but according to nature, whatever it may be. Let this universal and natural reason drive out of us the error and astonishment that novelty brings us.”

The Art of the Personal Essay. Ed. Phillip Lopate. New York: Anchor Books. A Division of Random House, Inc. 1995.

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