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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

A quick one

I do realize that it has been an obscene amount of time since I posted something. I shall give out my excuse of 5 days away from home, followed by a weekend, followed by trying to pull my life back together post-absence, and then attempt to move on. In that vein, here is a little collection of somethings for you all.

- Something odd: I read this Maureen Dowd column and did not feel like hurling the computer in frustration. This is either a sign of maturity on my part in being able to recognize possible truth in the most unlikely of places, or a sign of the impending implosion of my sanity. Those two options have little to do, by the way, with my reaction to the contents of the piece, but rather to the author. We do not have a good history, Ms. Dowd and I. The piece itself is rather dreary but at this point I find it difficult to argue against.

- Something urgent: If you have not done so, you must read Letters to a Diminished Church: Passionate arguments for the relevance of Christian Doctrine, by Dorothy Sayers. If you don't agree with a word she's saying, at least read it for the brilliance of her wit. It's one of the few serious books that I spend a lot of time laughing over. And I do think that you should agree with some of the things that she's saying, and that all of it should be much thought about.

- Something to think about: consider ice cream and whole grains to be specific examples of more general categories of Events (or treats) and Spaces (or "normal life"). Now, in an ideal world would we be able to have all the ice cream that we want, whenever we want, with no ill effects? Or would we instead not desire ice cream at all and take perfect delight in a steady diet of whole grains and other completely healthy foods? Or does neither of those options constitute an ideal? Do let me know what you think, because without your input I might get my conclusions wrong in the paper that I'm writing.

1 comment:

  1. A fascinating question. :) I think, in an ideal world, the balance between the normal and the special will probably be close to what it is now (although of course sin and pain and all that will be gone), but we will see the beauty in the normal that we miss now.