"The central doctrine of Christianity, then, is not that God is a bastard. It is, in the words of the late Dominican theologian Herbert McCabe, that if you don’t love you’re dead, and if you do, they’ll kill you."--Terry Eagleton

"It is impossible for me to say in my book one word about all that music has meant in my life. How then can I hope to be understood?--Ludwig Wittgenstein

“The opposite of poverty is not wealth; the opposite of poverty is justice."--Bryan Stevenson

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Meditation for Lent

So, I caught the end of Bill Moyer's Journal last night. It was his discussion with Lori Grinker about the ravages of war. I simply recommend it to you, especially the photographs. As you look at them, remind yourself that "violence is down in Iraq," and how that's supposed to be a good thing.

Then think about the whole calculus of "good" and "bad" that we use so freely, how easily we elide the individuals from such discussions by focussing on the "overall," the "big picture." It's a good Lenten meditation.


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