Sunday, October 11, 2009

How to ask...

This is the way you should be working on our lessons: grasp the meaning of the lesson in its entirety, not in an analytical sense, but as a complete world; understand the reasoning behind the individual passages; understand it sentence by sentence; then look back and say, "Wonderful! Nobody says these things like this."

Instead, if you sit there, alone or in a group, reading the text line by line until you come across something objectionable and you raise your hand, you run the risk of splitting the lesson up rather than unifying it. Instead of envisioning a world, of being awestruck by a new world, you create many fragments that are difficult to piece together, like a puzzle. Whereas the world embraces many things and is one voice.
* from Is It Possible to Live This Way? Volume 3: Charity Luigi Giussani

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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."