Human, More or Less
  A forest in Tasmania, Australia.    Photo: Creative Commons Image Archive.

A forest in Tasmania, Australia.

Photo: Creative Commons Image Archive.


2018

 

You shut your eyes to [reality] only at your peril because if you do not face up to the enemy in all his dark power, then the enemy will come up from behind some dark day and destroy you while you are facing the other way.

 

To do for yourself the best that you have it in you to do—to grit your teeth and clench your fists in order to survive the world at its harshest and worst—is, by that very act, to be unable to let something be done for you and in you that is more wonderful still.

 

The trouble with steeling yourself against the harshness of reality is that the same steel that secures your life against being destroyed secure your life also against being opened up and transformed by the holy power that life itself comes from.

 

You can survive on your own. You can grow strong on your own. You can even prevail on your own. But you cannot become human on your own.

 

Frederick Buechner, The Sacred Journey (pp. 45-46)


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