Sunday, 5 July 2020

PROOF OF LOVE

'There is only one proof for the presence of love: the depth of the relationship, and the aliveness and strength in each person concerned; this is the fruit by which love is recognised.'
Erich Fromm, The Art of Loving, p.80.  

WE NO LONGER POSTPONE ANY DESIRES

'According to Freud, the full and uninhibited satisfaction of all instinctual desires would create mental health and happiness. But the obvious clinical facts demonstrate that men - and women - who devote their lives to unrestricted sexual satisfaction do not attain happiness, and very often suffer from severe neurotic conflicts or symptoms. The complete satisfaction of all instinctual needs is not only not a basis for happiness, it does not even guarantee sanity. Yet Freud's idea could only have become popular in the period after the First World War because of the changes which had occurred in the spirit of capitalism, from the emphasis on saving to that on spending, from self-frustration as a means for economic success to consumption as the basis for an ever-widening market, and as the main satisfaction for the anxious, automatised individual. Not to postpone the satisfaction of any desire became the main tendency in the sphere of sex as well as in that of all material consumption.'   
Erich Fromm, The Art of Loving, p. 72. 

Wednesday, 1 July 2020

THE IMPORTANCE OF THINKING WELL OF GOD

'...retain good thoughts of God, take heed of judging God to be a hard master, make good interpretations of his ways, and that is a special means to help you to contentment in all one's course.'  
Jeremiah Burroughs, The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment, p.225. 

DROWNING SUFFERING

'The sea of God's mercies should swallow up all our particular affections.'
Martin Luther in Jeremiah Burroughs, The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment, p.209. 

Sunday, 28 June 2020

OUR DESIRE FOR COMPLETION

'Man - of all ages and cultures - is confronted with the solution of one and the same question: the question of how to overcome separateness, how to achieve union, how to transcend one's own individual life and find at-onement.' 
Erich Fromm, The Art of Loving, p.8. 

Tuesday, 23 June 2020

HOLINESS

'Holiness...is the necessary effect and means of the gospel. In other words, holiness is not only the result of conversion, it's also the embodied argument in support of the gospel's veracity. We're saved to be holy, and we become holy so others will be saved.' 
Elliot Clark, Evangelism as Exiles: Life on mission as strangers in our own land, p.115. 

Saturday, 20 June 2020

A SINGLE TEACHER'S LEGACY

'She had more children than any of her friends, and been loved and respected, fawned over and feared. She'd taught thousands of young people to read and think, and they had gone on to change the world and would continue to long after she was dust.' 
Stewart O'Nan, Wish You Were Here, p.315. 

Sunday, 14 June 2020

HOW YOU REST DEPENDS ON HOW YOU WORK

'A man who works with his mind should sabbath with his hands, and a man who works with his hands should sabbath with his mind.' 
Abraham Heschel in Justin Whitmel Earley, The Common Rule, p.142. 

Thursday, 11 June 2020

VULNERABILITY + TIME = FRIENDSHIP

'Vulnerability and time turn people who have relationship into a people who have a friendship. That's what friendship is: vulnerability across time. The practice of conversation is the basis of friendship because it's in the conversation that we become exposed to each other.' 
Justin Whitmel Earley, The Common Rule, p.98. 

IS THERE ANYTHING YOU'RE NOT TELLING ME?

'The question "Is there anything you aren't telling me?" gets at the heart of friendship, because friendship is being known by someone else and loved anyway. Friendships in which we're vulnerable make or break lives. Within them we thrive, and without them an essential part of us - if not all of us - dies.' 
Justin Whitmel Earley, The Common Rule, p.96.