Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Zyg and mea: Soul Food & Fatamorgana

When the psalmist laments, "I am a worm, and no man," virtually every reader, on the basis of hard experience sometime in life, can identify with the feeling. But when the psalmist pursues the theme of human weakness and inadequacy to the point of saying, "In sin did my mother conceive me," he crosses into contentious territory, with a statement that contradicts the positive assessment of human nature that has characterized Western thought — and Western life — since the Enlightenment.As it was articulated by St. Augustine -First, he insisted with consummate clarity that human beings are not only inclined to sin, but that our very natures involve us in sin, moment by moment, both individually and collectively.

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