The Ghost of the Past

Behold, I am making all things new...Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true. Revelation 21:5 (ESV) The past weighs heavy on the present. Its pressure and influence exert an intolerable presence on the present. Unbearable and unforgivable, the past is a relentless master. Its will, hidden and elusive, nevertheless exists as an undeniable phantom. A … Continue reading The Ghost of the Past

The Purgatory of the Future

The most powerful and the deepest reality exists where everything enters into the effective action, without reserve the whole man [or woman] and God the all-embracing – the united I and the boundless Thou. Martin Buber, I and Thou, 89. The progress of time is exhausting. Seemingly against our will, we're pushed forward toward growing uncertainty … Continue reading The Purgatory of the Future

Between Chaos and Order

Justice, in other words, is what the metaphysics of presence keeps trying and failing to identify with some set of institutions or principles. Such identification is impossible, because every institution or principle will produce new, unexpected, injustices of its own. Every imaginable utopia will need a social protest movement. Justice is a ghost that can … Continue reading Between Chaos and Order