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It matters not how strait the gate, How charged with punishments the scroll, I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul

October 13, 2009

Invictus

In the fell clutch of Circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeons of Chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find me, unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

W.E. Henley

quoted by Oklahoma bomber Timothy McVeigh at his execution.

This is unrepentant self-will. But such a ‘captain’ of one’s own soul will find that his liberty to chart his own course, is an illusion – both in this life and in the place where the ‘punishments (of) the scroll’ are endlessly meted out. The ‘fear’ he did not feel in life will be felt in death – and a fear without hope of ending.

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History consists of a series of swindles

September 8, 2009

History consists of a series of swindles, in which the masses are first lured into revolt by the promise of Utopia, and then, when they have done this job, enslaved over again by new masters.

George Orwell

Running to and from God at the same time

September 8, 2009

The religious and moral life of man is man’s achievement, but also God’s wrestling with him; it manifests a receptivity to God, but at the same time an inexcusable disobedience and blindness to God…Man seeks God and at the same time flees from Him in His seeking, because his self-assertive self-centredness of will, his root- sin, always breaks through.

Hendrik Kraemer, The Christian Message, p.112

Faith of Communism

August 28, 2009

Arise, you prisoners of starvation!
Arise, you wretched of the earth!
For justice thunders condemnation:
A better world’s in birth!
No more tradition’s chains shall bind us,
Arise you slaves, no more in thrall!
The earth shall rise on new foundations:
We have been nought, we shall be all!
‘Tis the final conflict,
Let each stand in his place.
The international soviet
Shall be the human race
‘Tis the final conflict,
Let each stand in his place.
The international working class
Shall be the human race

We want no condescending saviors
To rule us from their judgment hall,
We workers ask not for their favors
Let us consult for all:
To make the thief disgorge his booty
To free the spirit from its cell,
We must ourselves decide our duty,
We must decide, and do it well.
‘Tis the final conflict,
Let each stand in his place.
The international soviet
Shall be the human race
‘Tis the final conflict,
Let each stand in his place.
The international working class
Shall be the human race

The Internationale, American Version

Note the faith – “a better world’s in birth”  and “The earth shall rise on new foundations” (really? How do you know?)

In light of history (Pol Pot, Mao etc.) the idea that the only human race is the ‘international working class’ is truly disturbing. And it presupposes, indeed glorifies conflict in eschatological terms – tis the fianl conflict (as if the battle is something like the Christ and the anti-Christ – no wonder Marxism is described as a Christian heresy)