11 December 2012

Old Thoughts

"The most obvious thing in the world is that I am of no consequence. The narrator demonstrates this masterfully by the connection between his visit and the loss of Marina Petrovna’s hair. The connection is meaningless. Did he bring some shears? Did he poison her?   Is it possible that between the two clauses the entire plot of The Count of Monte Cristo has occurred? No, it is utterly impossible. I have no creative ability; I am merely a scribbler, here, falling off my chair, hovering beside a desk, clacking away at an indifferent machine which could say anything in the world — if it had a voice."

"In the world of textual exchange, it is all too easy to imagine interlocutors as floating pieces of thought or expression, and to generate caricatures of unseen people based on the visible text they produce. This is why internet debates go sour so quickly: I am not talking to you; you are not talking to me. Instead each of us is talking to a projection we have of the other, frequently as stupid and ugly and wicked as we typically imagine a person of those views to be."

"God, however, is much greater than that. This personal God, who loves us enough to restore us, is also a God who brings forth the excellence in created things by mediating his blessings through them.  And since it was the sin of man that brought death upon Adam's race, God ordained that it might be through a man that grace would be dispensed, and more marvelously still he chose (freely, without necessity) that humanity would be restored in such a way that its offenses were covered and its redemption merited in full.  But none but God himself could cover the sins of all mankind, because while we were still sinners we were bound by the law of sin, which is spiritual death.  So God became man, fashioned for himself from the flesh of a virgin a human body and breathed into it a human soul, and for a time the very being of the Eternal One walked among us clothed in our own nature.  He taught us and healed us, and in accord with the divine plan, died for us to merit our salvation."