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He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou find refuge: His truth is a shield and buckler
Psalms 91:4

Be it ours,when we cannot see the face of God, to trust under the shadow of His wings. C.H. Spugeon

Saturday, November 28, 2009

A Myth; Part 1

Ashley Montagu: The deepest human defeat suffered by human beings is constituted by the difference between what one was capable of becoming and what one has in fact become.

"A man is willing to make mistakes. he is willing to be wrong. He'd rather try and fail than do nothing.
A man's self trust is one of his greatest assets. When he second-guesses himself by worrying about the failure, he diminishes himself. An intelligent man considers the prospect of failure, but he doesn't preoccupy himself with pointless worry. He accepts that if a failure outcome occurs, he can deal with it.
A man grows more from failure than he does from success. Success cannot test his resolve in the way that failure can. Success has its challenges, but a man learns more about himself when he takes on a challenges that involve risk. When a man plays it safe, his vitality is lost,and he loses his edge."

"It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes short again and again, who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause, who at best knows achievement and who at the worst if he fails at least fails while daring greatly so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.""A man's fear is a call to be tested." It was Aldous Huxley who said that fear “casts out intelligence, casts out goodness, casts out all thought of truth . . . in the end fear casts out even a man's humanity.”

Fear shackles life, faith and hope.
"The torment of human frustration, whatever its immediate cause, is the knowledge that the self is in prison, its vital force and 'mangled mind' leaking away in lonely, wasteful self-conflict." Elizabeth Drew
Job 16:8, "You (God) have shriveled me up, and it is a witness against me; My leaness rises up against me and bears witness to my face." My skin and bones state of mind are indicators of the failure of my decisions and speak loudly to the world the fact of my obvoius errors. Unfortunately " ... the lessons of life amount not to wisdom, but to scar tissue and callus." These poignant thoughts lament and reflect upon suffering, needless oir deserved (if that exists) from the severe judgements that error places upon us. The failures of life can be very unforgving in the disastrous consequences experienced. We lament our failures and mistakes and face the scrutiny of our personal disgust. There is no comfort to be found; no plea of innocence; no absolution of guilt; we must each face the repurcusions of failure and the sense of loss. This is the 'tragedy'; life's plot; casting oneself into "... the mold of the tragic hero Prometheus, enduring with constancy, indomitable will, and 'courage never to submit or yield' the punishment meted out by an implacable divine tyrant." This is the subliminal theme of Job's lament that the source of his shattered life is held by God. In this we see the bane of man's existence, his desire and inability to vindicate his existence and his vain attempt to villify God with his dismal plight.

"To suffer woes which Hope thinks infinite;
To forgive wrongs darker than death or night;
To defy Power, which seems omnipotent;
To love, and bear; to hope till Hope creates
From its own wreck the thing it contemplates;
Neither to change, nor falter, nor repent;
This, like thy glory,
Titan, is to be
Good, great and joyous, beautiful and free;
This is alone Life, Joy, Empire, and Victory." 
I believe we can source from here the intent of humanism, the conquering of human will and design over all obstacles, the defiant and resilient, indomitable human spirit.

What has failed here is the result. Humanists are unable to redeem mankind. Mankind is more akin to Frankenstein's wretch or monster, man has rebeled violently against the creator viewing him as tyrannical, impulsive and contrary to natural inclinations. Humanists declare their freedom and omnipotence and yet ...

Thou art omnipotent.
O'er all things but thyself I gave thee power,
And my own will....
I curse thee! let a sufferer's curse
Clasp thee, his torturer, like remorse;
'Till thine Infinity shall be
A robe of envenomed agony;
And thine Omnipotence a crown of pain,
To cling like burning gold round thy dissolving brain.

And who made terror, madness, crime, remorse,
which from the links of the great chain of things,
To every thought within the mind of man
Sway and drag heavily, and each one reels
Under the load towards the pit of death;
Abandoned hope, and love that turns to hate;
And self-contempt, bitterer to drink than blood;
Pain, whose unheedeed and familiar speech
Is howling, and keen shrieks, day after day;
Utter his name: a world pining in pain
Asks but his name ...
...to be continued ...

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