Transcendence, science, art

To summarize: it is, I believe, poetry, art and music which relate us most directly to that in being which is not ours. Science / is no less animate in its making of models and images. But these are not, finally, disinterested. They aim at mastery, at ownership. It is counter-creation and counter-love, as these are embodied in the aesthetic and in our reception of formed meaning, which put us in sane touch with that which transcends, with matters ‘undreamt of’ in our materiality. (226-227)

George Steiner (1991), Real Presences