substance and virtue

I had written previously about experience and recently heard a phrase (from Emerson?) that stated the closer actions are to thoughts the more divine the man.

Today I heard these lyrics:

And death is at your doorstep

And it will steal your innocence

But it will not steal your substance

Mumford and Sons, Timshel

I realized I was missing a piece of the puzzle; purity (innocence) cannot last, but goodness (substance) can, and that is the challenge, to not become disheartened by experience (death) and lose virtue.

Image: Audrey Kawasaki, girl in static

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