I see the comments link on those posts.
Weird. Leave the comments there, then... I guess.(Google Chrome letting me down, possibly?)
You write:"No," they say, "It is not so. We are not like those prisoners." In my students' resistance, in that response, you can understand the meaning of the words in Matthew: "Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand."I think that seeing/hearing does not often precede understanding. There's an Old Testament idea that speaks to this: We will DO in order that we will HEAR. Weird, huh? It's as if action precedes understanding...as if we're not capable of seeing or understanding without first acting.
I like that, Monica--what's the text?I think Simone Weil mentioned an old thing from Pascal, who said, "Kneel down, mouth the words of prayer, then believe."Weil thought that was a horrible method for attaining faith. :)
I don't know...I have to figure out where it is. Sandy G. always use to talk about a similar idea presented in a Japanese poem of some sort that talks about dreaming that the world is work, and then dreaming that it's joy, and then waking and realizing that work/action=joy. Not sure if it's the same thing...I'm probably butchering the poem.
Actually, this might help:http://www.myjewishlearning.com/holidays/Shavuot/TO_Shavuot_Themes/CelebratingSubmission/Naaseh_vNishma.htm
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