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I would say it is their earthliness and earthiness, even as they sacralize the dailiness of life alone or with others, a life of the mind and body in an ongoing harmony with the seasons.
For one thing, Alfred could experience for himself the earthliness of any kind of measurement along with the limitations of naked eye observation.
What I've always admired about Judaism is its worldliness, its earthliness, its impatience with metaphysical questions about God's existence and the afterlife, which has always struck me as a realistic assessment of the limits of human understanding.
7) The Gothic uses its necessary anchoring in earth and earthliness not to proceed along earth's plane or to aspire to a known object and then return to earth, but in order to aspire, as it were, intransitively (and with due humility), in a recognition of the existential dependence of all creatures upon God.