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Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Eyes to see  

I recently ran across this quotation from William Blake:
People are admitted into heaven, not because they have curbed and governed their passions or because they have no passions, but because they have cultivated their understandings.
This is quite true, although probably not in the sense that the quoter believes. With the proper crystalline eye, Blake's words can be read to mean that apatheia, the taming of the passions, is a necessary but insufficient condition for enlightenment. After all, how can you cultivate the understanding if your passions are swirling about coloring and affecting each thought? There's nothing inherently wrong with the passions, or the world, or the body, or wealth, or attachment, or any of the good things of creation: the question is, who's in charge? Who or what controls, and what serves?

Of course, no one reads Blake for instruction; he's read for inspiration. For providing visions and goals to reach for. But unless you already know from personal experience (or good direction) what the narrow path to that goal involves, you are quite unlikely to reach it.

Then again, some people enjoy chasing rainbows.

posted by Kelly | 2:29 PM link