107 places

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16 July 2011

be there again

'You are fed up by words, and I don't blame you. I am nauseated by them sometimes. I am also, to tell the truth, nauseated by ideals and with causes. This sounds like heresy, but I think you will understand what I mean. It is so easy to get engrossed with ideas and slogans and myths, that in the end one is left holding the bag, empty, with no trace of meaning left in it. And then the temptation is to yell louder than ever in order to make meaning be there again by magic...'
Photo: Birch tree, Maine
Text: Thomas Merton

2 comments:

ian said...

Jean Baudrillard: Everywhere one seeks to produce meaning, to make the world signify, to render it visible. We are not, however, in danger of lacking meaning; quite the contrary, we are gorged with meaning and it is killing us.

Madeleine Marie Slavick said...

meaning can be light, wordless.

the rest of the quote from Thomas Merton (a very Catholic poet-monk-pacifist): 'The real hope, then, is not in something we can do, but in God who is making something good out of it in some way we cannot see. If we can do God's will, we will be helping in this process. But we will not necessarily know all about it beforehand.'