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With suicide the leading cause of death among gay and lesbian youth nationally, extremism in the LGBT community, and larger society, is keeping people with same-sex attractions and identity issues from the help they need to be truly free.
America’s rights revolution — born of the tendency to absolutize the subjective, can fail to recognize the demands of solidarity, and thus lead to new forms of slavery and poverty.
Human identity, in all it’s aspects of solitude and communion, is anchored in the reality of “made in the image of God.” Rebelling from that starting point, and original unity, has led to widespread disorder within and among persons.
With a new consciousness, in communion with the Father, humanity is formed again as the communion of persons.
“Cause us to return, O our Father, unto thy Law: draw us near, O our King, unto thy service, and bring us back in perfect repentance unto thy presence. Blessed art thou. O Lord, who delightest in repentance.” Afternoon Service, The Standard Machsor, 1925
The American presidential candidates are making “untruthfulness” a front and center issue. This after years of bipartisan rebellion from truth that has seen the country go dark, turning it into a beast that devours souls at home and abroad.
Growing wine consumption by American Millennials (42% of all wine sold in U.S.) might be seen as a positive sign — of young people trying to break free from the culture of untruthfulness in America (in vino veritas).
“…Grieve at the falling away of ‘the things’ which had once been the repository of the Spirit and are now being ousted by an empty ‘doing’ done in the image of nothing…” Erich Heller, The Artist’s Journey into the Interior (Random House, 1965)
The present painting, Over The Wall (1969) by James J. Kearns, might suggest Ronald Gregor Smith’s view of humanist Martin Buber: “Buber’s wisdom may be described as the power to step over artificial boundaries for the sake of true humanity.”
Buber’s biographer Aubrey Hodes would second that notion: “And the truest symbol of the twentieth century is the border, the barbed wire fence of the heart. Buber will remain one of those rare men who both recognized it and showed us the way to bridge it.”
For Martin Buber bridging the wall came from “faithful humanism,” which meant that faith and humanity no longer appear as separate spheres. “They permeate one another and join forces, so that we can truly say, ‘Our faith is based on humanity, our humanity is based on our faith.'” Aubrey Hodes, Martin Buber: An Intimate Portrait (Viking, 1971)
The fulfillment of Martin Buber’s notion comes with our participation in the redemption wrought by the Son of Man—joined with the Father in the Spirit.
“Love one another as I have loved you.” John 15:12
No distracted walker here.
Primitive + Modern — “the disenchantment of our culture with culture itself…the bitter line of hostility to civilization …the discovery and canonization of the primal, non-ethical energies…” Lionel Trilling
Artwork (bottom): Barkley L. Hendricks
Photograph: Stephen Wise