Simple Pleasures -
In Screwtape Letters, the devil writes this about God:
"He's a hedonist at heart. All those fasts and vigils and stakes and crosses are only a facade. Or only like foam on the sea shore. Out at sea, out in His sea, there is pleasure, and more pleasure. he makes no secret of it; at His right hand are 'pleasures for evermore'... He's vulgar, Wormwood. He has a bourgeois mind. he has filled His world with pleasures. There are things for humans to do all day long without His minding in the least - sleeping, washing, drinking, making love, playing, praying, working. Everything has to be twisted before it's any use to us. We fight under cruel disadvantages. Nothing is naturally on our side."
Yes. But do we believe it? Or are we afraid of the incredible joys that are ours for the taking - afraid that we should be saving the world instead of enjoying. I understand the admonitions warning us all against complacency and idolatry. But it seems that, in some cases, these very admonitions have become the grounds for disengagement from real joy - from tasting anything, because to feel pleasure would necessitate an openness to pain as well. Fearful of the pain of feeling, we spiritualize disengagement from lots of things: creativity, our sexuality, our food, laughter, and much more.
Even the writing of these words has me wondering how people will respond - "is he advocating promiscuity and drunkenness?" I hope you know me better than that. I'm advocating living fully - by receiving both the pleasures and pains that each day brings, and tasting them fully.
I MUST write about politics again before the election - but right now I'm in search of some good coffee.