“Let us assume that we as contemporary human beings lay a fish on the table or put a bird in a cage. Then we look at the fish and the bird outwardly with our senses. But we are so egotistical in our way of knowing that we hold fast to what is immediately in front of us. We become unegocentric in our way of knowing when we not only see the fish in water or the bird in the air, but when we can see in their forms, that the fish is an animal of the water and through water, and that the bird is an animal of the air and through the air…. I proceed in this way from a mere unrefined perception to a perception-if I am not too lazy-that allows me to see the water with the fish I’m observing on the table. I look at the bird in the cage and see the air, not only the air that is around the bird when it flies, but I see and feel the formative tendency of air in its form. When I do all this, then what lives in the forms becomes enlivened and spiritualized for me….
We cannot come to a real feeling for beauty other than by starting in this way, by viewing things differently. We begin to see why the bird has a beak, why the fish has a strange snout covering its tender jaw, and so forth. To really learn to live with the things gives us a sense a beauty.”