Sunday, July 3, 2011

Three Ways

"There are three ways you can live - three again - remember that the great writers almost always do things in threes. You can live life as though it's all a cosmic accident; we're nothing but an irritating skin disease on the face of the earth. Maybe you can live your life as though everything is a bad joke. I can't.

"Or you can go out at night and look at the stars and think, yes, they were created by a prime mover, and so were you, but he's aloof perfection, impassible, indifferent to his creation. He doesn't care, or if he cares, he only cares about the ultimate end of his creation, and so what happens to any part of it on the way is really a matter of indifference. You don't matter to him, I don't matter to him, except possibly as a means to an end. I can't live that way, either.

"Then there's the third way: to live as though you believe that the power behind the universe is a power of love, a personal power of love, a love so great that all of us really do matter to him. He loves us so much that every single one of our lives has meaning; he really does know about the fall of every sparrow, and the hairs of our head are really counted.

"That's the only way I can live."

~ Madeleine L'Engle

1 comment:

Seda said...

I tried the mushroom stroganoff with braised beef at Noodles and Company today and thought of you. =) Thanks for the recommendation. My boys and I enjoyed it.