Monday, January 25, 2016

the self is a mystery

A man who had himself lost his own father had this to say to me regarding my dad's recent passing: 

' ... our parents are immortal, and your dad will now frequent the third of your life that you spend sleeping, until you yourself pass over into God's dreamtime. Besides, Alzheimer's has this difficult teaching to offer a culture obsessed with intellection: that the self is not in fact a cogito but a mystery, the image of God and not the idea of man.'

Wonderfully profound ... and in many ways the most comforting thing anyone has said to me since he died. 

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