...XXI. If, then, we want to be initiates of life, we must keep two things in mind:
First, the great melody, in which things and scents, feelings and pasts, twilights and desires, all play their parts;-
and second: the individual voices which augment and complete this full chorus.And to lay the foundation for a work of art - that is, an image of deeper life, of our more than daily, always possible experience - we have to put both voices, the voice of this hour and the voice of a group of people within that hour, into a proper relationship and balance them.
Notes on the Melody of Things Rainer Maria Rilke