Truer words…

Saw this on FB:

“People of our time are losing the power of celebration. Instead of celebrating we seek to be amused or entertained. Celebration is an active state, an act of expressing reverence or appreciation. To be entertained is a passive state — it is to receive pleasure afforded by an amusing act or a spectacle…. Celebration is a confrontation, giving attention to the transcendent meaning of one’s actions. ― Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel

The Rabbi speaks here not just of celebrations, but we can find in his words our approach to many things, including religion, love, and other relationships.

Joel L. Watts
Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

6 thoughts on “Truer words…

  1. The cure for general apathy is to quit rescuing those whose failure is only due to apathy. I know, harsh but also true.

    1. It’s also a way to spark revolution! Europe learned that lesson the hard way after the French monarchy disastrously adopted a similar attitude. That’s one significant factor leading to creation of the modern welfare state in the early 19th century. The United States learned the same lesson during the Great Depression and avoided a collapse. Now, that lesson has been largely disparaged amid a resurgence of hubris. As a result, another harsh history lesson in the follies of mankind may be waiting in the wings for an inauspicious moment to take center stage and, quite literally, steal the show.

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