I am reading Discourses at the Communion on Fridays (Indiana Series in the Philosophy of Religion) translated by Sylvia Walsh. A most rewarding read. Today I read this:
I saw this on Facebook and thought it said things pretty well:
This is just wonderful: On the Road with Thomas Merton
Also a podcast. I always enjoy hearing Merton’s voice.
This is a little like a “prayer book”: Provocations.
Today, 31 January, is Thomas Merton’s birthday. He would have turned 104. So here is a quote:
A tree gives glory to God by being a tree. For in being what God means it to be it is obeying [God]. It “consents,” so to speak, to [God’s] creative love. It is expressing an idea which is in God and which is not distinct from the essence of God, and therefore a tree imitates God by being a tree.New Seeds of Contemplation, 29
One of the strongest memories of my youth is of an orchard next to our house. Maybe it was not really an orchard but more of a hobby garden. at the front of this garden there was an apple tree that grew into the street. My strongest memory of growing up is hiding in the garage and eating the apples on a warm summer afternoon.
As you read that story (and be honest) what was the image of an apple that you had in your mind? Was the apple large or small? Was it sweet or sour? And was the apple green or red?
For the record the apples were green, small and extremely sour. When I hear the word “apple” that is the image I have in my mind.
So here is the “moral of the story”: can I assume that my experience of the world is anything like your experience of the world? I know I experience the world but can I abstract a common experience from my experience. Or is it an act of faith?
I am saving this for later viewing.
An individual is that which exists as a distinct entity. Individuality (or selfhood) is the state or quality of being an individual; particularly of being a person separate from other people and possessing their own needs or goals, rights and responsibilities. The exact definition of an individual is important in the fields of biology, law, and philosophy.
With the rise of existentialism, Søren Kierkegaard rejected Hegel’s notion of the individual as subordinated to the forces of history. Instead, he elevated the individual’s subjectivity and capacity to choose their own fate.Wikipedia: Individual
I really suck at small talk so I really relate to this on so many levels.
The above is from Existentialist Comics!
I just like this song!