Monday, June 25, 2012

Consider the Cat

Consider the cat: the cat does not labor so that it may enjoy itself, the cat lies down so that it may enjoy itself. The cat requires string and sunlight and food and water and shelter. The cat that has these is happier, I imagine, than I ever have been. See how it languidly stretches. But do not confuse leisure with laziness, to paraphrase B. Franklin. For see how the cat hunts. The cat is happy because it knows how to move and how not to move. We, on the other hand, have mostly forgotten both. We have forgotten how to live.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Who are these people?

Erin has this book lying around, a kind of self-reflection journal thingy. It's essentially a book that makes suggestions for lists, lists of all kinds of things. She and I decided to fill several of them out together. One in particular sticks in my mind: People from History You Would Most Like to Have a Conversation With. As I was filling it out I began to ponder the prompt. What precisely do you mean "People from History"? Are we not all in history? Perhaps we will not have biographies made of us, but we are in history nonetheless, I feel. Still, I think I know what they meant. Essentially: famous dead people. Following that I was going to put Jesus down, but 1. it felt too easy, 2. I don't think He's dead, 3. I can have a conversation with Him,  and it is only my own fault that I deprive myself of this great pleasure. Then I went to put some saints down, but then I remembered that God is not the God of the dead, but of the living, and the saints are alive in a fashion not terribly dissimilar from Christ. And then I thought, really, who am I to say if anyone else I might put down is not also sharing in that blessed state? So I gave up pondering and decided that my rules would be 1. famous, too a certain extent, and 2. is dead in more or less the traditional sense. Number 2 still gave me pause with the saints, but I went ahead anyway. My list, as if you should care, in no particular order:

Martin Luther, St. Isaac of Syria, St. Seraphim of Sarov, Melchizedek, Morihei Ueshiba, Mark Twain, C.S Lewis, and a few others I cannot remember. I think I put down Einstein, but that seems too easy now. And some of these, I admit, are less because of historical importance and more just because I think they'd be enjoyable to have a drink with (Luther, Twain, and Lewis). Oh, and Wittgenstein, I'll Wittgenstein too. 

Should any of the above pop in for a visit-- not so unlikely with the saints-- I'll be sure to let everyone know.