The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time on and for evermore.*
A thing without oppositions ipso facto does not exist … existence lies in opposition.**
C. S. Peirce
It’s not only about being here, where I am competent, but also about going there, into the unknown and my necessary incompetency.
I thought these words from Flannery O’Connor stretched nicely to help us reflect on our lives:
So many people can now write competent stories that the short story as a medium is in danger of dying of competence. We want competence, but competence by itself is deadly. What is needed is the vision to go with it.^
Again, the universe is both here and expanding there, and we are made of the same stuff:
At some level every atom in the cosmos longs to remain in relationship with over other atom. Otherwise the whole thing would swin off its unrelatedness. This law of attraction is at work within us, both physically and spiritually. We can awaken to it within ourselves and honour it in relationship of our lives and world.^^
**C. S. Peirce, quoted in Austin Kleon’s blog: Iain Gilchrist on the coincidence of opposites:
^Flannery O’Connor, quoted in Peter Turchi’s A Muse and A Maze;
^^From Philip Newell’s Sacred Earth, Sacred Soul.