The moon was up, painting the world silver, making things look just a little more alive.— N.D. Wilson
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Sometimes standing against evil is more important than defeating it.
The greatest heroes stand because it is right to do so, not because they believe they will walk away with their lives. Such selfless courage is a victory in itself.
Understand this: we are both tiny and massive.
We are nothing more than molded clay given breath, but we are nothing less than divine self-portraits, huffing and puffing along the mountain ranges of epic narrative arcs prepared for us by the Infinite Word Himself.
As long as I'm dealing in honesty, I may as well admit that I have been more influenced (as a person) by my childhood readings of Tolkien and Lewis than I have been by any philosophers I read in college and grad school. The events and characters in Narnia and Middle Earth shaped my ideals, my dreams, my goals. Kant just annoyed me.
Do not fear the shadowy places. You will never be the first one there. Another went ahead and down until He came out the other side.
The fall of man did not introduce evil;
it placed us on the wrong side of it, under its rule, needing rescue.
Every rock is spoon by the Word. Every time I touch a stone, I am touching the Voice of God. Every cell of me is crafted by that artistry. My life is His breath. But we mortals grow numb. We want to feel more. And so we add MSG to our earthly brands of holiness.
Cowards live for the sake of living, but for heroes, life is a weapon, a thing to be spent, a gift to be given to the weak and the lost and the weary, even to the foolish and the cowardly.
Lay your life down. Your heartbeats cannot be hoarded. Your reservoir of breaths is draining away. You have hands, blister them while you can. You have bones, make them strain - they can carry nothing in the grave. You have lungs, let them spill with laughter.
Mumbling priests swinging stick cans on their chains and even witch doctors conjuring up curses with a well-buried elephant tooth have a better sense of their places in the world. They know this universe is brimming with magic, with life and riddles and ironies. They know that the world might eat them, and no encyclopedia could stop it.
That wasn't me. I'm not a morning person. There's another person inside of me that does all the morning things.
After a few mouthfuls of moon-flavored air, even the stubbornly drowsy can find themselves wide-eyed.. All the normal noises of life were gone, leaving behind the secretive sounds, the shy sounds, the whispers and conversations of moss disputing with grass over some soft piece of earth, or the hummingbird snoring.
It is hard to stay focused with so much swirling around me.
God is distracting. He never stops talking, and I can never stop listening. There is a reason we sleep.
Plato, the first true pope of philosophy (sorry, Socrates), argued for a World of Forms above the reality-a transcendent plane of perfect essences, pure and lovely, where nothing ever gets muddy (including the essence of mud.)
Live Like a Narnian: Christian Discipleship in C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles
Stories are like catechisms, but they're catechisms for your impulses, they're catechisms with flesh on.
If you knew the meaning of life, would you necessarily like it?
Here Spring just grows and greens and warms, spreading life, wrapping us in her arms, until suddenly we realize that she's not a girl anymore. She's a woman. A woman named Summer.
Self-loathing and self-worship can easily be the same thing.
You hate the small sack of fluids and resentments that you are, and you would go to any length, and betray anything and anyone, to preserve it.
I am here to paint you a picture of the world I see
In the history of the world there have been lots of onces and lots of times, and every time has had a once upon it. Most people will tell you that the once upon a time happened in a land far, far away, but it really depends on where you are. The once upon a time may have been just outside your back door. It may have been beneath your very feet. It might not have been in a land at all but deep in the sea's belly or bobbing around on its back.
No place is ever the same tomorrow.
Henry York, aka Whimpering Child, aka WC (hair sample included), is hereby identified as Enemy, Hazard, and Human Mishap to all faeren in all districts, in all ways, and in all worlds.
Stealing ideas from contemporaries is rude and tasteless.
Stealing from the long dead is considered literary and admirable. The same is true of grave-robbing. Loot your local cemetery and find yourself mired in social awkwardness. But unearth the tomb of an ancient king and you can feel free to pop off his toe rings. You'll probably end up on a book tour, or bagging an honorary degree or two.
Man is born to trouble. Man is born for trouble. Man is born to battle trouble. Man is born for the fight, to be forged and molded--under torch and hammer and chisel--into a sharper, finer, stronger image of God.
Do you dislike your role in the story, your place in the shadow? What complaints do you have that the hobbits could not have heaved at Tolkien? You have been born into a narrative, you have been given freedom. Act, and act well until you reach your final scene.
Horace smiled. "Always breakfast like a man condemned. One never knows that a day may bring."
In the Darwinian world, self-preservation is the ultimate shiny good.
The world is R-rated, and no one's checking IDs
Descartes, the Frenchman, had little trouble knowing that he existed.
Going where no man has gone before is more difficult than it sounds.
Our cousins and ancestors were no less curious than we are, and were perhaps bolder. This world is their tomb. You should look under the bed.
The world is rated R, and no one is checking IDs.
Do not try to make it G by imagining the shadows away. Do not try to hide your children from the world forever, but do not pretend there is no danger . Train them. Give them sharp eyes and bellies full of laughter. Make them dangerous. Make them yeast, and when they’ve grown, they will pollute the shadows.
Sometimes standing against evil is more important than defeating it.
Caves and darkness can't hold you when you die, they can only hold your bones.
Tragedy isn't an easy thing to kill. It takes more than a turtle. Tragedy must be destroyed by someone willing to be swallowed by it, willing to be broken, torn out of the flesh, but able to return to it. Someone must be able to shatter the tragic from within and exit into comedy, able to rip a hole so wide that a train of souls, a parade, could follow after, banging drums and throwing candy as they strolled into the sun.
Hold your tongue if you'd like to keep it." - Jaques
We're all carnies, though some people are in denial.
They want to be above it all, above the mayhem of laughter and people and lights and animals and the dark sadness that lurks in the coners and beneath the rides and in the trailers after hours. So they ride teh Ferris wheel, and at the top, they think they've left it all behind They've ascended to a place where they can take things seriously. Where they can be taken seriously.
But God never seems capable of moderation
Living is the same thing as dying. Living well is the same thing as dying for others.
Marx called religion an opiate, and all too often it is.
But philosophy is an anaesthetic, a shot to keep the wonder away.
After three years down here, I've not learned too much.
But one thing I do know is that our bellies aren't big enough for revenge. It turns sour and eats you up. We'll get out, but we'll get out for the sun, the moon, and mothers, not for small-souled enemies, though we'll deal with them when we get there.
We are narrative creatures, and we need narrative nourishment-nar rative catechisms.
May my living be grace to those behind me.
Columbus was the first to come to the east.
Vikings don't count, and neither do all the people who were standing on the beaches and waving when he got here.
I've watched goldfish make babies, and ants execute earwigs.
I've seen a fly deliver live young while having its head eaten by a mantis. And I had a golden retriever behave like one.
We grasp because God does. We create, and fall short, because God does. We continue creating because we fell short, and fall short again, because God does. Because one act of creation, one attempt at capture, is only one breath and we must breathe again. And again. And again. Here we stand (and sit and sleep), the many images of the Imager, and we can do no other.
Narrative living is the beginning of rhetoric.
Tom had traveled around the sun eleven times when the delivery truck brought his mother's newest fridge, but a number doesn't really describe his age.
Do not slip into writing for the mind and the mind alone.
In other words, do not play merely upon our ability to reason. And do not focus only on visuals. Write for the whole person.
If God gives you (or makes you) a joke, what are you meant to do in response? (Receive it. Laugh.) If God gives you an obstacle, what are you meant to do in response? (Receive it. Climb it. Then laugh.) If God gives you more profound hardship, what are you meant to do in response? (Receive it. Climb it. Then laugh. Exhibit A: His Son.)