This morning (Tuesday - a minister's "Sunday") it was raining so I decided to stay inside and read something of one of Diderot's associates with whom he collaborated on the Encyclopédie, Paul-Henri Thiry, Baron d'Holbach (1723–1789). I chose the opening of the first chapter of his most famous work, The System of Nature (1770) and found the following words. They seem a worthy accompaniment to the pictures below. I hope you enjoy them all . . .
Nature and her Laws
Therefore, instead of seeking out of the world he inhabits for beings who can procure him a happiness denied to him by Nature, let him study this Nature, learn her laws, contemplate her energies, observe the immutable rules by which she acts.–Let him apply these discoveries to his own felicity, and submit in silence to her precepts, which nothing can alter.–Let him cheerfully consent to be ignorant of causes hid from him under the most impenetrable veil.–Let him yield to the decrees of a universal power, which can never be brought within his comprehension, nor ever emancipate him from those laws imposed on him by his essence.