Even "pronounced individuality" "has an element of mysticism" in it--of the

non-rational, which we feel the more distinctly the more decidedly we

reject all attempts to make it rational again through crude or subtle

mythologies. This is much more true of genius, artistic insight, and

inspiration. But these are much too delicate to be exposed to the

buffeting of controversy, much more so the dark and mysterious boundary

region in the life of the human spirit which we know under the name of

mysticism in the true sense, without inverted commas. It is not a subject

that is adapted for systematic treatment. Where it has been subjected to

it, everything becomes crude and repulsive, a mere caricature of pure

mysticism like the recrudescent occultism of to-day. Therefore it is

enough simply to call the attention of the sympathetic reader to it and

then to pass it by. In face of the witness borne to it by all that is

finest and deepest in history, especially in the history of religion,

naturalism is powerless.