The miracle of the existence of the world

Now I am tempted to say that the right expression in language for the miracle of the existence of the world, though it is not any proposition *in* language, is the existence of language itself. But what then does it means to be aware of this miracle at some times and not at other times? For all I have said by shifting the expression of the miraculous from an expression *by means of language* to the expression *by the existence* of language, all I have said is again that we cannot express what we want to express and that all we *say* about the absolute miraculous remains nonsense.

— Wittgenstein, ‘A Lecture on Ethics’

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