Thursday, December 15, 2011

Preaching to lawyers ...

... The University Bookman: On Instruction in Cheerful Forms. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Donne tells us that “There cannot be a greater unthankfulnesse to God then to desire to be Nothing at all, rather then to be that, that God would have thee to be; To desire to be out of the world, rather then to glorifie him, by thy patience in it.” The desire to be “nothing,” Chesterton said somewhere, is the ultimate rejection of being, of existence, of what is. It is the real temptation of the suicide.

1 comment:

  1. Chesterton said it in Orthodoxy - great book...also he said the suicide's crime comes in rejecting all of reality -- having no passion at all for the world -- because he ends the world in killing himself. He also said (Orthodoxy is a scattered book) that the life of rationality leads to suicide...without mysticism we might as well off ourselves.