Friday, May 9, 2008

Another 50

Continuation of my list of 100 things that make me happy:

51. chanterelles52. Glenn Gould playing two and three part inventions by Bach
53. bridges
54. a daytime moon
55. the Fibonacci sequence

56. priests playing around
57. irises
58. wind
59. Tiffany glass
60. sleep
61. Solalex

62. clove oil
63. marble

64. Parousia
65. robin nests

66. sixty-six

67. mayonaise
68. peaches
69. infinity
70. "The Wheel on the School" by Meindart DeJong
71. cloisters
72. cooking for friends
73. open air markets

74. Pepe Romero playing flamenco
75. the unexpected
76. sonnets (here's one:)

i carry your heart with me(i carry it in

i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
i go you go,my dear;and whatever is done
by only me is your doing,my darling)
i fear
no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want
no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)
and it's you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)
• by e.e. cummings

77. the peak tram
78. Chucho Valdes playing solo
79. listening to Julian Carronr>80. hands
81. black dirt
82. singing with friends
83. cornichons 84. light
85. cats purring
86. the seminary coop
87. blue ice

88. royal jelly
89. moss

Photo by Sharon
90. Alyosha Karamazov
91. troubadour songs
92. paisley
93. berets
94. freckles
95. the letter s
96. garlic
97. batik
98. le buisson ardent
99. Babette's Feast
100. ellipses...

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Dumbstruck by the Mystery

...our temptation is always to impose our prejudices or our measure on reality -- except when we are faced with a fact that leaves us dumbstruck, and instead of dominating the fact ourselves, we are dominated, overcome by it. If there were no moments of this kind, the Mystery could do anything, but in the end, we would reduce everything to the usual explanation. But not even a Nobel Prize winner can stop himself from being dumbstruck before an absolutely gratuitous gesture. If there were not these moments, we would find answers, explanations, and interpretations to avoid being struck by anything. It is good that some things happen that we cannot dominate, then we have to take them seriously, and this is the great question of philosophy. If the conditions for the possibility of knowledge (see Kant) impose themselves on reality or if there is something that is so powerfully disproportionate that it does not let itself be "grasped" by the conditions of possibility, then the horizon opens. If this were not the case, then we could dominate everything and be in peace, or at least without drama. Instead, not even the intelligence of a Nobel Prize winner could prevent him from coming face-to-face with a fact that made him dumbstruck -- instead of dominating, it was he who was dominated. Here begins the drama, because I am called to answer. It is the drama that unfolds between us and the Mystery, through certain facts, certain moments, in which the Mystery imposes itself with this evidence. These are facts that we cannot put in our pocket, which we cannot reduce to antecedent factors.
-- Julian Carron in "Friends, that is, Witnesses."