Morning Trip (110)

“XII.

If we have become a people incapable
of thought, then the brute-thought
of mere power and mere greed
will think for us.

IF we have become incapable
of denying ourselves anything,
then all that we have
will be taken from us.

If we have no compassion,
we will suffer alone, we will suffer
alone the destruction of ourselves.

These are merely the laws of this world
as known to Shakespeare, as known to Milton:

When we cease from human thought,
a low and effective cunning
stirs in the most inhuman minds.”

–Wendell Berry, Leavings: Part Two–Sabbaths 2005

The Optimist in Revolt and Chesterton…

“The person who is really in revolt is the optimist, who generally lives and dies in a desperate and suicidal effort to persuade other people how good they are.”
– G.K. Chesterton
my small boat

This was said is such a succinct manner! How did the act of being positive transform into such a giant play and drama. How did the act of noticing and being grateful become a way to target the insecure and to charge them all money while handing them a way to build their houses of bricks, made of straw, to cover the pit? A pit that only requires some simple tools to be able to be looked at and to be corrected?

I like reading Chesterton, though I cannot say I follow his religious convictions. He does have a lot to say about faith, and the creation of all sorts of false idols to prop up one’s floundering insides. I find him full of humor and intelligent wit.

On Being Naive…

“I’ve often experienced a moment of deep happiness when watching someone sleeping, and wondered why. I think what occasions that joy is an awareness of the truth that the body itself is totally innocent, flesh and bone unquestionably fine, justified and without blame. All aspects – feet and legs, the intricacy of the ears, the grace of the neck and the arms – all are sculptures unsurpassed in beauty of line and function. And the hands, solely in and of themselves, are astonishingly perfect and inviolate.

When the human body is sleeping we can see clearly, without interference or confusion, that the body is indeed sacred and honorable, a grand gift we hold in trust. It is sublime and chaste in its loveliness and as unbothered by greed or violence, by deceit or guilt, as a brilliantly yellow cottonwood standing in an autumn field, as the moon filling the boundaries of its white stone place. If there is sin, it resides elsewhere.”
– Pattiann Rogers
The Dream of the Marsh Wren

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If the ability to see all humans this way, waking or sleeping is naive, I will swim in it for an eternity. The ability to see what has been granted by God, Creator, to be perfect in body and mind, beyond what has been altered by free-will choice is still there no matter what state a human has come into. This view is only a ‘danger’ when such view creates or causes delusion of the reality that is literally expressed. Seeing what could be and knowing what is, is of great value. So also is watching all of the possibilities for shift. All things move and shift. Nothing is stagnant. Simply because they do when it is time, or when a person decides to shift. Change or shift that we decide is right and good for another–when really we simply want to create others in a manner that serves us is of no value whatever than to cause immense suffering. All of this being said, boundary setting of the individual enters in. It is a fallacy to think that when one strongly and assertively sets down a boundary, that they wish another to change to suit them. It would be like trying to holler at the builder of a highway, or the machine that puts the lines onto the roadways to keep us all moving and safe.