i am chris brown…for now

No Man Is An Island

Thomas Merton’s writings have been some of the most meaningful words spoken into my life. In one book, He takes this concept from Donne, consequently taken from the Bible, and puts flesh on it for me.

No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.

Summing him up, he suggests that it’s of supreme importance that we not live for ourselves, but for others. When we live for others, we see that we are human. When we see that we’re human, we see that we all have weaknesses and deficiencies. And when we understand this, we see that these limitations actually play a vital role in our lives….it’s because of them that we need others, and others need us. We’re not all weak in the same spots–so we supplement, complete one another.

When we start to see humanity as one organism, one body, we start to see how important our successes and failures and accidents are. “My successes are not my own. The way to them was prepared by others. The fruit of my labor is not my own: I’m simply preparing the way for the achievements of another. Nor are my failures my own…they may come from the failures of another, but they’re also compensated for by another’s achievements.”

It makes sense, right? Lost understands it, Heroes gets it, most of M. Night Shyamalan’s film are centered around it. That stuff resonates with us. There’s something about seeing human connectivity come to life that draws me (possibly myself more than others, which would explain why I was the only one cheering, not booing at the end of this movie).

We’re connected. Like Twitter, only deeper. We’re designed to need each other. You make up for my shortcomings, I make up for yours. You help me succeed, I help you win. We’re here for one another. God designed us like this. It’s better this way.

April 8, 2008 Posted by | God and Life, People | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Merton’s Perspective

What I wear is pants. What I do is live. How I pray is breathe.

April 5, 2008 Posted by | God and Life | , , | Leave a comment