From Fred Lawrence, on Valentine's day:
The general idea of value coincides with the idea of the good, of
excellence. Excellence may pertain to an object itself, rise from
it in isolation from all other things, and remain despite utter
uselessness. Such is the absolute value of truth, of noble and
heroic deeds, of the flower in the crannied wall.
Bernard Lonergan, For a New Political Economy, Collected Works of
Bernard Lonergan, vol. 21, edited by Philip McShane (Toronto; Toronto
University Press, 1998), 31.
Flower in the Crannied Wall
Flower in the crannied wall,
I pluck you out of the crannies,--
Hold you here root and all, in my hand,
Little flower—but if I could understand
What you are, root and all, and all in all,
I should know what God and man is.