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Truth, Love, Beauty and all things Virtuous


August 2013

Trying to Capture Some Humility Along the Way

Humility is somewhere between self-righteousness on one side and permissiveness or lasciviousness on the other side. However, humility is not the middle way, but humility consists of figuring out the right way to live. The foundation for humility is the pursuit of truth. It is a recognition that the search for truth is the same as the pursuit of happiness.

Humility is to seek out the truth and than it is to live it and truth that is honored is a virtue. It is to understand that just as physical truths exists that moral truths exist as well. It is to understand that just as physical truths, such as the rotation of the earth or the rotation of the planets around the sun, are not relative but only relative to where one stands in life at any given point in time. In other words, it us our understanding of the truth that is relative. Truth cannot be relative, if it is relative then truth ceases to exists. If truth does not exists, then choice is unnecessary and the law, the drive for order in making choices is a vain pursuit, rendering most of our actions meaningless making life a mad rush towards nothingness.

To be humble is to recognize that while the truth is simple enough for all to understand, its deep and wide enough that it has to be continually sought for in order to draw meaning from it. The truth is simple, patient, fixed, deep and profound and no matter what we pretend about it or what new worlds or what new moral order we create the truth will always be there and the human spirit gravitates to it, whether it be subconscious or not, because the tyranny of make-believe can be oppressive especially when it has to always be externally imposed.

Quantities of Light and Darkness

“In every age there is enough light to see the light, and enough darkness to remain in obscurity.”-Pascal

A Mystical World It Is to Be

“A totally unmystical world would be a world totally blind and insane”–Aldous Huxley

A Finite Mind Ponders the Infinite Affairs of the Heart

Most of what happens to us in life happens off-screen, unscripted and unseen by billions with very few commercial breaks. There are consequences to our choices in real life that oftentimes linger longer than a half hour and if we want something better for ourselves we have to actually get up and change the channel.

We are rarely heroes for very long and almost never completely the villain. We are not supplied with stand- ins, understudies or stunt men for our biggest falls, but the same is true for our greatest successes and special effects. And there is just enough heavenly about us all to keep us going onward and upward. Families, friends, and strangers for that matter, as messy and imperfect as they are, give us a tiny glimpse of what could be divine and what is beautifully beyond the constraints of earthly time.

Water Your Own Lawns All You Beautiful People

It is human nature to seek beauty elsewhere….

Sometimes if it seems that the grass is greener on the other side, then maybe it’s time to water our own lawn more often.


The Humane Spirit of Charity

It is not what you give to somebody that makes the biggest difference in their lives, but it is helping them realize what they already have that will make the most difference in their lives.

George Saunder’s Awesome Commencement Speech: On Being Kind

I know this has probably been in circulation for a while, but I was blown away by George Saunder’s commencement speech at Syracuse and thought I would share it with others. Any more said by me will ruin the great sensitivity and humor of this speech. Enjoy!

The Donkey by G.K. Chesterton

When fishes flew and forests walked
And figs grew upon thorn,
Some moments when the moon was blood
Then surely I was born.

With monstrous head and sickening cry
And ears like errant wings,
The devil’s walking parody
On all four-footed things.

The tattered outlaw of the earth,
Of ancient crooked will;
Starve, scourge, deride me: I am dumb
I keep my secret still.

Fools! For I also had my hour;
One far fierce hour and sweet:
There was a shout about my ears,
And palms before my feet.

Other Sunday Poems

…Once more tis eventide, and we,
Oppressed with various ills, draw near;
What if Thy form we cannot see,
We know and feel that Thou art here.

Our Saviour Christ, our woes dispel,
For some are sick, and some are sad,
And some have never loved Thee well,
And some have lost the love they had;

And some are pressed with worldly care,
And some are tried with sinful doubt;
And some such grievous passions tear,
That only Thou canst cast them out;

And some have found the world is vain,
Yet from the world they break not free;
And some friends who give them pain,
Yet some have not sought a Friend in Thee;

And none, O Lord, have perfect rest,
For none are wholly free from sin;
And they who fain to serve Thee best
Are conscious most of wrong within…

-Henry Twell, At Even When the Sun Was Set

“He is a sinner,” you are pleased to say.
Then love him for the sake of Christ, I pray.
If on His gracious words you place your
“I came to call the sinners, not the just,”—
Second His call, which if you will not od,
You’ll be the greater sinner of the two.

-John Byrom, Self-Righteous

The Lord God planted a garden
In the first white days of the world,
And He set there an Angel warden
In a garment of light unfurled.

So near to the peace of Heaven
The hawk might nest with the wren,
For there in the cool of the even
God walked first with men.

And I dream that these garden closes
With their shade and sun-flecked sod,
And their lilies and bowers of roses
Were laid by the Hand of God.

The kiss of the sun for pardon,
The song of the birds for mirth,–
One is nearer God’s heart in a garden
Than anywhere else on earth.

For He broke it for us in a garden
Under the olive-trees
Where the angel of strength was the warden
And the soul of world found ease.

Dorothy Frances Gurney, God’s Garden

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