Saturday, December 05, 2015

The Platypus Seeks Safe Harbor: The Platypus Reads Part CCLXXXIX

From time to time we all find ourselves in need of safe harbor. Life in the world means stormy seas as we sail our little ships from island to island in search of new opportunities. Like Odysseus, we need to find a haven when the wind and waves come without forgetting our ultimate destination, our home. What's required is metis, or cunning; the ability to size up a situation and act wisely in uncertain times. After all, God will not do for us what we must do for ourselves. The cosmos is vast and complex, and even the rescue of one person adrift on a tiny raft has consequences for the whole. While we are nothing without God, we still have our parts to play in not compounding the pains of a broken world by adding our own foolishness to it. Instead, we use metis to move from haven to haven until we find our home making the best use of what God gives us: the bad as well as the good.

So here I am, reading Homer's Odyssey and listening to Haven by Kamelot. It's a little safe space in a world of storm.

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