- Wearing a wedding dress to a battlefield—the summary of American Christendom.
- A new world with the same sins following.
- “New soil! Any need of that old Vine?”
- Christendom: trying new hats, headless. The Church: never apart from Christ, not for a moment.
- Being penetrated versus comprehending. Truth versus the lie. Revelation versus Gnosticism. Humility versus hubris. Victory versus vanity. Rest versus “rage, rage.”
- All things for Christ or some things for Christendom. Absolute conflict.
The maxim says, “Competence is better than confidence; and truth, more than the appearance of things.”
What a waste, though, when insight stays inside, when speed runs in circles, when eloquence spends itself on self-deprecation, when good news is hoarded for oneself!
Competence implies confidence and is mere possibility without it. And truth is indeed more than appearances, but what is its glory without its revelation?
In dance, an isolated movement that appears awkward is not necessarily a mistake, especially not if it advances into a more beautiful one.
In dance, the glory of the final flourish does not render all previous movements worthless, nor even worth less.
Revealed are human hope and depravity. Revealed are the god of the meek and the idols of the proud. Revealed are the infinite spaces of possibility, along with the negative shape, the circumscribed boundary, of actuality. Revealed is the fruit of suffering: blessing through the redemption of time or curse through the destruction of it. Revealed is the whole character of a child, are the natures hidden away in the deep, deep waters of a man. Revealed—in the wish, in that force pressing one down upon the knife-edge of existence—is absurdity, apart from which repentance is impossible.