Supertramp, The Logical Song (from the amazingly titled, yachtclubs)
We are so obsessed with doing that we have no time and no imagination left for being. As a result, men are valued not for what they are but for what they do or what they have—for their usefulness. When man is reduced to …his function he is placed in a servile, alienated condition. He exists for someone else or even worse for some thing else. Hence he cannot enjoy life. The ethos of our society certainly places an enormous emphasis on “having fun,” but our whole concept of joy is mendacious because it is servile. Even the fun that we have is for a purpose. It is justified not by its gratuity, its simple celebration of the gift of life, but by its utility. Why then aren’t we happy? Because of our servility. The whole celebration is empty because it is “useful.” We have not yet rediscovered the primary usefulness of the useless. From this loss of all sense of being, all capacity to live for the sake of living and praising God, all thankfulness, all “Eucharistic” spirit, comes the awful frustrated restlessness of our world obsessed with “doing” so that even “having fun” becomes a job of work, an operation, a veritable production, even a systematic campaign.
Thomas Merton (from PARABOLA on Facebook)
Follow my ways and I will lead you
To golden-haired suns,
Logos and music, blameless joys,
Innocent of questions
And beyond answers.
For I, Solitude, am thine own Self:
I, Nothingness, am thy All.
I, Silence, am thy Amen.
from a frontispiece to the poem The Solitary Life by Thomas Merton (from The Beauty We Love)
It’s impossible to say a thing exactly the way it was, because what you say can never be exact, you always have to leave something out, there are too many parts, sides, crosscurrents, nuances; too many gestures, which could mean this or that, too many shapes which can never be fully described, too many flavors, in the air or on the tongue, half-colors, too many.
Margaret Atwood (from Whiskey River)
Why not let gravity be God?
Clark Strand (source: On Faith Panelists Blog: God, Gravity, and the New Green Gospel) (from sharanam)