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.

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6 Replies to “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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