Designed for delight

The world exists, not for what it means but for what it is. The purpose of mushrooms is to be mushrooms; wine is in order to wine: things are precious before they are contributory.

It is a false piety that walks through creation looking only for lessons which can be applied somewhere else.

To be sure, God remains the greatest good; but, for all that, the world is still good in itself. Indeed, since He does not need it, its whole reason for being must lie in its own natural goodness; He has no use for it, only delight.

–Robert Farrar Capon

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