Retort To Ralph Waldo Emerson


“Every man is a divinity in disguise, a god playing the fool.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

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 “Every divinity is a man in disguise , or a god being wise.”

―  Uncle Tree  

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“A world without an end is like a war you cannot win. 

No need to up the ante. Keep the peace, please.”

© Keith Alan Watson

Tree picture courtesy of

Olmsted Parks and Parkways, Louisville, KY. Photo © Bob Hower

Uncle Tree's House



43 thoughts on “Retort To Ralph Waldo Emerson

  1. Every disguise is dat Guy as well. Dip yer bucket and sup it. Peace later, or forever hold yer water 😉

  2. Thank you, Noel! I actually had a hit (gulp!), rather,
    a view from Ukraine yesterday, and I do pray for peace
    through some sort of negotiations. Putin is obviously
    arrogant, and a showman. Let’s just hope he’s not greedy.
    He wants a do-over, ‘cuz they lost, but no one wants a
    replay of a real war game – for keeps, no less. Do they?

    Your visit and comments are always appreciated.
    Have a wonderful Sunday! 🙂 Peace and luvz, Keith

  3. Hi Keith,

    The comment was not personal, and I do not believe that you took it as being so.:)
    It was just that after reading your posting the thought ‘jumped’ into the old block that many visionary minds have been called foolish up through the ages!

    It is clear that you thrive, and long may you do so.



  4. Oh, dear John,

    I’ve known you long enough to know you never mean to be mean,
    or to harm. If one hasn’t been called foolish, they haven’t taken a risk.

    I’m thriving to retire some day. LoL 🙂 For now I still have a “life”.
    You probably have one yourself, young man. Yes?
    Ha! The mystery continues. Best wishes always, my friend! Peace, Keith

  5. What a lovely post…wonderful photo and I enjoyed your reflections….full of truth…I also love Johns comment. The fool is the wisest person we can become…open to everything 🙂

  6. Everything, Seonaid? Including idiocy, poverty,
    and righteous indignation? Not to mention evil-doing.
    Nah, just kidding. I know what you mean. Does Putin?

    Glad you liked this! 🙂 Thank you kindly!

  7. Well do we really have a wide enough perspective to understand all of the things you mentioned? People are free to live their lives however they want….free will….just not to impose their life choices on others. How we get this to work in a society where we all share the same city, country, planet, universe….now there’s a challenge.
    Putin unfortunately is trying to bend the world to his will….that’s not cool

  8. “Might makes right” in Russia. They’re still big enough to play “bully”.
    The precedent it would set, if successful, could have major ramifications
    for every border town worldwide. A world without borders?
    No fences? No walls? Heaven awaits – it won’t happen here.

    Our souls wish to experience everything.
    I’ll blame them for our foolishness. 😉

  9. It took me a while to verify the Emerson quotation, which turns out to be from his journal on January 14, 1835. Here’s the full passage:

    “Apollo kept the flocks of Admetus, said the priests ; another significant fable. Every man is an angel in disguise, a god playing the fool. It seems as if Heaven had sent its insane angels into our world as an asylum, and here they will break out into rare music and utter at intervals the words they have heard in Heaven, and then the mad fit returns and they mope and wallow like dogs. When the gods come among men they are not known. Jesus was not. Socrates and Shakspear were not.”

    I found this part of Emerson’s journal at

  10. Thank you for spending the time to do the research, Steve. 🙂
    I could change “divinity” to angel, and it would still work for me.
    “…and then the mad fit returns” all too soon, yes.

    Am I known? Are you? Can anybody really be totally known?
    Thank goodness, no. Have a great day, kind sir! No foolin’.

  11. We are all actors in this life, playing a role. If God is playing the fool, than the ego must have been doing its part, yes? After all, we are always God, all of the time, regardless of whether we allow our ego to take the reigns, or whether we allow God to. Perhaps this shortened version of the quote has become a demonstration, suggesting that under the guise of the characters we play, lies our true divinity, waiting to be uncovered at any moment despite our foolish nature. I love it 🙂 And, I love you! -xoxo

  12. Oh, my! Nice reply. 😉 Love you, too, Ms. S.

    I’m going to guess – you’re familiar with Jung’s work.
    Do you know about the ancient Egyptian concept of soul(s)?
    I wonder if “ego” matches up to one of the several. Khaibit, perhaps?
    Khat, maybe? If Sahu works better – that might make sense.

    If you’re interested, my personal story – one of my experiences –
    I may have given birth to something that day. It didn’t feel
    like a loss, even though I felt much lighter after the fact.
    My testimony is the 5th comment on this post. If you dare…

    Have a great day! 🙂 Peace and luvz, Uncle Tree

  13. A tree is not an island unto itself, whereas our world is.
    Man needs both to survive, and when we find a new Earth
    to inhabit, you can bet our trees will be among the first things planted.

  14. Better yet: God made man in His image as the masterpiece reflects the Master. To deny the Master is to fail in your purpose. Be gorgeous, be fabulous, be funny, be amazing because that is how God made you. Than look to Him, O dear masterpiece, and think how great your God must be to have conceived you!”-]

  15. Thank you kindly, Lorri! 🙂 The “retort” idea
    was something I saw D.H. Lawrence do in one
    of his collections of poetry, so I used poetic license
    and dared to try it myself, against a famous bard, no less.

  16. If every man is a divinity in disguise then what type of hell are we in for. I would rather a real divinity that a man made one.

  17. Anthropomorphism seems to be more instinctual
    than contrived, in my mind, John. If we have a 6th sense,
    it may well be humanity’s common sense of Divinity.

    Pantheism is more likely to allow the truths of Science
    into their philosophy, as compared to Christianity, where
    the old laws stand firm, and “there’s nothing new under the sun.”

    Panentheism is probably more to your liking, but that, too,
    is man-made; contrived in mind, because it is easily imagined.

    The question?
    At birth, are human beings naturally good, evil, or neither/both?

  18. There is nothing new under the sun. We just have not yet found it. And so, the old laws can and do stand firm.

  19. A fine combination, Ms. Zippy! 🙂 How did you know my favorite aroma?
    Peace and luvz and hugz and thanks for playing along, kind lady!

  20. Read your retort to RWE some time ago, and again today. Today it truly it the spot. Right U R!

  21. Lots of warring going on and off at this point in Time, George.
    But there’s been worse times, too, no doubt. Putin, a wise man?
    That — I doubt. Does Israel have the right? Or just the might?
    Easy answer, sad to say. Malaysia? Not even karma makes sense.

    Hope all is well on your end of the deal. Peace and luvz, UT

  22. Ralph Waldo Emerson quotations are really very thoughtful, thank you for posting them here. Its ironic as I am currently using couple of his quote to make some collages. Thanks Uncle Tree.

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