When I look at the stars, nothing which the astronomers have said attaches to them, they are so simple and remote. Their knowledge is felt to be all terrestrial and to concern the earth alone. It suggests that the same is the case with every object, however familiar; our so-called knowledge of it is equally vulgar and remote.
One might say that all views through a telescope or microscope were purely visionary, for it is only by his eye and not by any other sense - not by his whole man - that the beholder is there where he is presumed to be. It is a disruptive mode of viewing as far as the beholder is concerned.