A paradox is often a truth standing on its head to get our attention.
G. K. Chesterton
I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something I can do.
Edward Everett Hale
To the servant of God every place is the right place, and every time is the right time.
Catherine of Sienna
Pay attention to what I tell you: whoever you may be, always have God before your eyes; whatever you do, do it according to the testimony of the Holy Scriptures; in whatever place you live do not easily leave it. Keep these three precepts and you will be saved.
Abba Anthony
The work of God is the calling of a people, whether in the Old Covenant or the New. The church is then not simply the bearer of the message of reconciliation, in the way a newspaper or a telephone company can bear any message with which it is entrusted. Nor is the church simply the result of a message, as an alumni association is the product of a school or the crowds in a theater are the product of the reputation of the film. That men and women are called together to a new social wholeness is itself the work of God, which gives meaning to history.
John Howard Yoder
I see the world gradually being turned into a wilderness. I hear the ever-approaching thunder, which will destroy us too. I can feel the sufferings of millions and yet, if I look up into the heavens, I think that it will all come right. In the meantime, I must uphold my ideals, for perhaps the time will come when I shall be able to carry them out.
Anne Frank

Another World is Possible

The introductory Q&A on Alain Badiou by Samuel Grove interviewing Colin Wright is fascinating. Badiou is a new philosopher to me and he sounds very interesting!

Quotes are Wright’s talking about and around the subject of Badiou.


Zizek’s reading of the epidemic of apocalyptic Hollywood disaster movies is relevant here.  He suggests that capitalism’s hold on the collective imaginary is such that it is now far easier, particularly in the face of mounting evidence of environmental catastrophe, to picture the whole planet going up in flames, than it is to conceive of the end of capitalism.  So it’s a serious problem.


I found one key area in Badiou’s work where this link is acknowledged.  Of all places, it’s in his idiosyncratic reading of Samuel Beckett.  Beckett’s great at zooming in on a stubborn will to keep going even in the absolute absence of any evidence for rational optimism.  In these difficult times, this idea of a kind of dogged, excessive hope strikes me as important.  But the practical point, even in Beckett, is that this attitude opens one up to being ready to realise change when its possibility actually comes along.

Getting involved in politics:

The truth to which a subject has to be faithful, in order no longer to be only an individual, must be universal and open to all.  This means there are no prior qualifications that would exclude people from getting involved in politics, such as age or levels of property ownership or citizenship.

And there’s a lot more there that I could quote out of context but I’d recommend going back and reading the whole thing… I’m going to.

A contemplative response

Here’s one way of responding, in a contemplative prayerful way, to horror.

Only a game as brazenly confident as BioShock Infinite could successfully ruminate on religious and class philosophies while also offering the player magical trousers that can set bad guys on fire.
good review in the Telegraph about the game…

A Kinder, Gentler, More Grown-Up Easter

Some thoughts from Roger Wolsey on Easter and how it is celebrated.