Friday, November 1, 2013
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Friday, June 21, 2013
Thursday, June 20, 2013
The Infinite is not “in front of” me; I express it, but precisely by giving a sign of the giving of signs, of the “for-the-other” in which I am dis-interested: here I am (me voici)! The accusative here is remarkable: here I am, under your eyes, at your service, your obedient servant. In the name of God. But this is without thematization; the sentence in which God gets mixed in with words is not “I believe in God.” The religious discourse that precedes all religious discourse is not dialogue. It is the “here I am” said to a neighbor to whom I am given over, by which I announce peace, that is, my responsibility for the other.
Sunday, June 16, 2013
… when we understand winter in the natural world, we realize that what we see out there is not death so much as dormancy. Some life has died, of course. But much of it has gone underground, into hibernation, awaiting a season of renewal and rebirth. So winter invites us to name whatever feels dead in us, to wonder whether it might in fact be dormant - to ask how we can help it, and ourselves, "winter through.
Parker Palmer, A Hidden Wholeness, 82.
Saturday, June 15, 2013
In this dawning atomic age a far greater danger threatens — precisely when the danger of a third world war has been removed. A strange assertion! Strange indeed, but only as long as we do not meditate.
In what sense is the statement just made valid? This assertion is valid in the sense that the approaching tide of technological revolution in the atomic age could so captivate, bewitch, dazzle, and beguile man that calculative thinking may someday come to be accepted and practiced as the only way of thinking.
What great danger then might move upon us? Then there might go hand in hand with the greatest ingenuity in calculative planning and inventing indifference toward meditative thinking, total thoughtlessness. And then? Then man would have denied and thrown away his own special nature — that he is a meditative being. Therefore, the issue is the saving of man’s essential nature. Therefore, the issue is keeping meditative thinking alive.
Martin Heidegger, Discourse on Thinking, 56 (1959).
Saturday, June 1, 2013
She said that’s how others
Become refugees isn’t it?
Saturday, May 25, 2013
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Time for the sermon #happysabbath
Monday, May 13, 2013
translations by David Shook
Conventional wisdom aims presumptuously to introduce into the world of spirit the same law of indifference under which the outside world groans. It believes it is enough to have knowledge of large truths. No other work is necessary…. There were many thousands in the Greece of the time, countless others in later generations, who knew all the victories of Miltiades, but there was only one who lost sleep over them. There were countless generations that knew the story of Abraham by heart, word for word. How many did it make sleepless?
Søren Kierkegaard, Fear & Trembling.