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The Unbearable Heaviness of Being

My quest for the eternal lightness

Stumbling into the ‘little drummer boy’ at 1U last weekend has gotten the ‘pa-ram-pam-pam-pam’ stucked in my mental jukebox since. Here’s a wonderful piece of the carol by David Bowie and Bing Crosby:

And they told me pa-ram-pam-pam-pam
A new-born king to see pa-ram-pam-pam-pam
Our finest gifts we bring pa-ram-pam-pam-pam
Ra-pam-pam-pam, ra-pam-pam-pam

Peace on Earth, can it be
Years from now, perhaps we’ll see
See the day of glory
See the day, when men of good will
Live in peace, live in peace again

Peace on Earth, can it be
Every child must be made aware
Every child must be made to care
Care enough for his fellow man
To give all the love that he can

I pray my wish will come true
For my child and your child too
He’ll see the day of glory
See the day when men of good will
Live in peace, live in peace again

Peace on Earth, can it be
Can it be


I like the idea of ‘peace on earth’ as requiring humankind’s active participation rather than being an experiential gift promised and ‘rained down’ to the faithful believer. One is a perspective for our engagement to the here and now; a countercultural message to the present reality. The other is a trust in a heavenly bliss awaiting us (and partly experienced now) as we reorganize and align our system of belief and confession to some enlightened views and truths.I wonder…if peace on earth would mean for us to mutually surrender some of our strongly held beliefs and reframe our interpretation of truth (absolutes), if that kind of mercy be conceivable? 

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