Tuesday, December 5, 2006

Sublime Wonder of Life

"This state of, what Buddhism calls, unconsciousness, and the suffering that is resultant, can only be remedied through coming into consciousness, through the realization of one's own deepest nature. Sin is removed by awakening, by becoming enlightened. I have long been intrigued by the notion of sin not being an action but an attitude that brings forth actions that would be called sinful. This hearkens back to a watershed moment for me as a freshman in college. I was attending a lecture by the Jewish theologian, Abraham Heschel, when in answer to a question concerning the nature of sin, he answered: 'I consider the origin of sin to be in the denial of the sublime wonder of life.'" -Bill Walz in Rapid River, December 2006

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