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Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year!

A bit of metaphysics for 2009, from the Eighth Psalm:

3 When I consider your heavens,
the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
which you have set in place,

4 what is man that you are mindful of him,
the son of man that you care for him?

5 You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings
and crowned him with glory and honor.

6 You made him ruler over the works of your hands;
you put everything under his feet(.)

Somebody (Chesterton maybe?) said the problem with atheists is that once a person stops believing in God, he can start to believe in anything. How does one stand his ground if one doesn't know where it is?

Imagine trying to argue fashionable metaphysical foolishness with the psalmist? That mankind should be considered, say, a 'virus' on the 'organism' of Mother Earth, or that humanity is simply another species with no more 'rights' than dolphins? We all start with assumptions when we look at the world, and it's good to remember what our assumptions are. One can do much worse than start with the Eighth Psalm. Many do.


Glenn said...

That verse reminded me of this one.

The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,
Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a line,
Nor all they Tears wash out a word of it.

Glenn said...

And here's another one that seems to bear some relation to the others.

With Earth's first Clay They did the Last Man's knead,
And then of the Last Harvest sow'd the Seed:
Yea, the first Morning of Creation wrote
What the Last Dawn of Reckoning shall read.