Bruce Charlton’s latest post made me wiser than I was.  It is as pithy as it is true.  (In it, he is also, if I may so so, at his most JG).


We want significance in our lives; but we fear it too. Significance implies that what we think, say and do have permanence and universality; but that clashes with a sinful desire that we can act without consequences, avoid responsibility.

-thus Bruce Charlton.  

(Related JG posts–

Damnation is Inevitable

You Want Justice. You Need Justice.

And also this post on contradictory commandments from the Old Country.)

Bruce C. then takes one step beyond and explains why love and the significance and objectivity are all related.  That is the part that filled me with joy.  You submit to reality not as a hardheaded rejection of love in favor of practical things,  but as a form of enchantment.  Reality is what lets you reach out and touch someone.



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