Monday, 25 February 2013

Worth Dying For

“On Sept. 11, Americans were confronted by people ready to die as an expression of their profound moral commitments. Their willingness to die stands in stark contrast to a politics that asks of its members in response to Sept. 11 to shop.
People in the West are, for the most part, good, decent and hardworking people, but so were the people that supported the Nazis.
Goodness can become deeply corrupted by its innocence. ... most of the time innocence is deeply immoral because it is such a lie not to acknowledge that we live in a very complex world that we benefit from, and we don’t have to acknowledge the havoc our benefits depend upon.
While those who loathe the West are willing to die as an expression of their hatred, many of us have no comparable moral conviction on which to base our lives.
A people who have been bred to shop then can quickly become some of the most violent people in the world, exactly because they’re dying to have something worth dying for.”
Stanley Hauerwas

Monday, 18 February 2013


I'm reading through Saint Augustine's 'Confessions' for Lent.  Saint Augustine was born in 354 AD and died in 430 AD.

'You, my God, are supreme, utmost in goodness, mightiest and all powerful, most merciful and most just.  You are the most hidden from us and yet the most present amongst us, the most beautiful and yet the most strong, ever enduring and yet we cannot comprehend you.  You are unchangeable and yet you change all things...Whisper in my ear, I am here to save you.  Speak so that I may hear your words. My heart has ears ready to hear you, Lord.  Open them wide and whisper in my ear I am here to save you.  I shall hear your voice and make haste to clasp you to myself.'

Confessions, 4, 5 p23-24 (1961)