Relentless Iconoclasm

Deconstruction at its best

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I am done with great things and big things, great institutions and big success, and I am for those tiny, invisible, molecular moral forces that work from individual to individual by creeping through the crannies of the world like so many rootlets, or like the capillary oozing of water, yet which, if you give them time, will rend the hardest monuments of man’s pride.
William James, 1899

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Like it or not, we come to life in the middle of stories that are not ours. The way to knowledge, and self-knowledge, is through pilgrimage. We imitate our way to the truth, finding our lives — saving them — in the process. Then we pass it on.

~Paul Elie (from The Life you Save Might Be Your Own: An American Pilgrimage)

Mesmerized by this meditation on history and our place in it tonight.

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It is also good to love; because love is difficult. For one human being to love another human being: that is perhaps the most difficult task that has been entrusted to us, the ultimate task, the final test and proof, a work for which all other work is merely preparation.
Rainer Maria Rilke (Letters to a young poet)

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In the deeps are the violence and terror of which psychology has warned us. But if you ride these monsters deeper down, if you drop with them farther over the world’s rim, you find what our sciences cannot locate or name, the substrate, the ocean or matrix or ether which buoys the rest, which gives goodness its power for good, and evil its power for evil, the unified field: our complex and inexplicable caring for each other, and for our life together here. This is given. It is not learned.
~Annie Dillard, from Teaching a Stone to Talk: Expeditions and Encounters (via beingblog)

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Lamppost Farm is featured in Christianity Today! “The Christian Way to Kill a Chicken,” winner of a national essay contest!

Lamppost Farm is featured in Christianity Today! “The Christian Way to Kill a Chicken,” winner of a national essay contest!

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Endeavor to discover for yourself the prophets of the age, those who would tell you what you do not want to hear. For they lay hold of a truth beyond society, apart from this present culture. Let us learn from them the way we should go or else remain a helpless victim to the vicious and turbulent waves of the culture in which we are drowning.

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If the love of God and neighbor is our end goal, roots of love in stability are the means God has given for making progress in this life.
Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, The Wisdom of Stability

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…enough time is beyond the reach of anyone who has too much to do.
Wendell Berry

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Nihilism is not overcome by arguments or analyses; it is tamed by love and care. Any disease of the soul must be conquered by a turning of one’s soul. This turning is done through one’s own affirmation of one’s worth—an affirmation fueled by the concern of others. A love ethic must be at the center of a politics of conversion.
~ Cornel West in Race Matters

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Nihilism is not overcome by arguments or analyses; it is tamed by love and care. Any disease of the soul must be conquered by a turning of one’s soul. This turning is done through one’s own affirmation of one’s worth—an affirmation fueled by the concern of others. A love ethic must be at the center of a politics of conversion.

~ Cornel West in Race Matters