July 27, 2006
Once again, in words of mostly one syllable:
The message of true religion
never was designed \
to make our pleasures less.
Courtesy of Second Terrace, here, from Dostoevski's The Brothers Karamazov, on happiness.
I love that passage—it’s Cana of Galilee, the first miracle … Ah, that miracle, what a lovely miracle! It wasn’t sorrow, it was human happiness that Christ extolled, and the first miracle He worked was to bring men happiness … 'He who loves men loves their happiness,' Father Zosima used to repeat so often—that was one of his guiding ideas … What is true and beautiful is always full of forgiveness…”
Part of the intuition of Carl Jung and his idea of Archetypes is that qualities cluster, keep company in a force field. Thus
-- according to Dostoevski's saintly character Zosima, these are
signals that Someone is Nearby, turning the water of "not-good-enough" into plenty of excellent wine.
The sorrows of the mind be banished from this place.
So writes Dilys from retirement, and so say all of us!