We cast a shadow on something whenever we stand, and it is no good moving from place to place to save things; because the shadow always follows.  Choose a place where you won’t do very much harm, and stand in it for all you are worth, facing sunshine.

E.M. Forster, in A Room with a View

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Moving to save things.  The sickness of the Left.  A modern illness.  A sign of displeasure with who we are, and reality: the evidence of human history and religious narrative.  The unearned and unwarranted pride of it all.

Was there an election for God, a call for “try-outs” or auditions?  When did this happen?  With the invention of the printing press?  The rebellion of Martin Luther? The Enlightenment?  During the French Revolution?

And where is God?  You know – the God we once knew.  Do you remember? Retired you say?  Unemployed?  No longer needed?

The fallacy of human action is ballooned to absurdity when the shadow is denied – “discarded.”  An impossibility is still and impossibility.  The worse excesses come from the shadow denied.  Does Auschwitz ring a bell?

“Don’t just do something, stand there.”

Have we not done enough damage with foolish, untested notions invoked on grand, costly, freedom-grabbing, pain-invoking scales and clung to as if the Holy Grail, one’s definition of one’s petty and insignificant, disordered self?

In this madness, we fool only the easily fooled and they are many.

Legacy?  Who needs a legacy?  Hubris to mask absolute emptiness.

Imagine if we did just stand there.  Imagine if change were shelved in favor of adherence to lessons of the ages, the simple application of what works to make a good life, a civic community, fellowship, peace and mutual respect.

Oh, yes – that means doing what is difficult, restraining the inflated ego, accepting our limits, casting a less destructive shadow.  No wonder the dizzy and destructive foolishness of change is so prominent – it beats the work of living so to minimize harm, the harm we do fueled by ignorance and fear.

Stand in place, facing the sunshine.  Don’t forget the sun screen.

Shalom.

I would appreciate your comments on this post and my writing.  It is how I learn, and perhaps even get better – although I am an old dog, and we are talking “new tricks.”  God bless.

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