The Enkindled Spring
BY D. H. LAWRENCE
This spring as it comes bursts up in bonfires green,
Wild puffing of emerald trees, and flame-filled bushes,
Thorn-blossom lifting in wreaths of smoke between
Where the wood fumes up and the watery, flickering rushes.
I am amazed at this spring, this conflagration
Of green fires lit on the soil of the earth, this blaze
Of growing, and sparks that puff in wild gyration,
Faces of people streaming across my gaze.
And I, what fountain of fire am I among
This leaping combustion of spring? My spirit is tossed
About like a shadow buffeted in the throng
Of flames, a shadow that’s gone astray, and is lost.
‘Knowledge and timber shouldn’t be much used till they are seasoned’ – Oliver Wendell Holmes
Sometimes all you need is to stand with your face toward the sun.
As I was rushing home after dropping son no.2 off at school, things I have to do at work today were flooding my mind. In front of me a little girl bent down to look at the flowers, oblivious to her fellow pedestrians, and the road noise nearby.
She’s already smarter than me.
I’m not sure what my ethics are. I’m not sure I have a moral compass. I’m sceptical of people who do. Certainty appears to be built on moral absolutes, and I don’t see how you can claim that ‘rights’ exist.
Given this, I’ve abandoned any moral prescriptions I thought I had. I’ve also abandoned whatever political/philosophical labels I thought I once fell under.
I have to be content to swim in a sea of uncertainty for the time being.
James made the claim that anyone can argue to have faith. The key to verifying that claim, he suggested, is showing your faith through your actions.
The investigation into disturbing reports of allegations of terrible abuse in church-run homes in Derry needs to understand what proportion of the abuse was a direct result of the beliefs of the nuns involved.
There is a stoning video doing the rounds on Twitter. It is horrific to watch, as it should be. The objections to it are right and well-made. But they feel a little inconsistent.
Is it the death of the people that is objected to, or the manner in which it is done? Is it because those executed didn’t go through a western legal process, being convicted by a jury of their peers before being killed by lethal injection? Or is it because it was (apparently) as a result of a particular religious belief?
The facts of this execution are unknown (as far as I can tell), but they may have been admitted (I have to say that my presumption is some accusation of adultery/immorality, given the execution of a man and woman), but does that really change the calculus? Do we consider the crime worthy of such a punishment? Is that why we consider it barbaric? If both these people had been guilty of mass murder, would we feel happier about, including the means of, their execution?
What, exactly, is your objection?