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Wednesday, August 11, 2004

graham greene quote:

"In childhood, we live under the brightness of immortality—heaven is as near and actual as the seaside. Beside the complicated details of the world stand the simplicities. God is good, the grown-up man or woman knows the answer to every question, there is such a thing as truth, and justice is as measured and faultless as a clock" Graham Greene from "The Ministry of Fear"

mull that y0.

Posted by ruzz on August 11, 2004 at 02:40 AM in Books | Permalink


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I read "The Ministry of Fear" just last month. I really enjoy Graham Greene. I especially recommend, "The Heart of the Matter".

Posted by: Stephen | Aug 11, 2004 8:34:37 AM

so what did you think about the quote though, steve? what's your take on the immortality idea? and what do you think about the illusions of childhood?

for those wondering what i think, which is everyone, i think that most people i know continue to live with an altered form of those illusions into their adulthood, or, at least, they wish they still had those illusions and look back longingly at innocence as a time of goodness, turning the naivete back upon itself.

Posted by: jude | Aug 11, 2004 12:53:23 PM

i agree jude, and i'm guilty of that myself.

but, there's something to be said for simplicity.. if there wasn't why would so many people yearn for it.

and i also would like to hear stephens thoughts on the quote.

Posted by: ruzz | Aug 11, 2004 1:17:41 PM

I think life is a steady stream of paradoxes. While God is all merciful and has blessed me in spite of my inummerable sins, God is also, in my view merciless and will force me to endure countless pains so that I may be forged into the likeness that is God's will.

Merciful, merciless, just one example. We have a brain that goes and goes and cares not where it goes but for the arriving. We are like those small bumper cars that change direction when they hit the wall or the foot of a chair. We don't mind wandering, it is arrival that terrifies us.

And so in a vast consciousness we simpify. But that, to is another childs game. We know the world to complicated and simple at the same time. There are men, women, hermaphrodites, tranvestites, homosexuals, lesbians, transgender personalites, but they are all simply people.

The game is in pretending that by simplifying we can comprehend. We are only offering ourselves an oppurtunity to catch our breathe. Tell ourselves everything is alright, when we know very well that everything is not alright. It will never be alright. It has never been alright. It has always just been.

We catch our breathe, because it simply would not do to run screaming through the streets, "We know nothing! Nothing!"

Posted by: Stephen | Aug 12, 2004 9:50:54 AM

"Tell ourselves everything is alright, when we know very well that everything is not alright. It will never be alright. It has never been alright. It has always just been." now that rocks! that is liberation. thanks for sharing, stephen. i knew there was something cool at the bottom of that first comment.

Posted by: jude | Aug 12, 2004 11:13:31 PM