veneration

“Compulsory veneration is bound to come out as rebellion, hatred, and blasphemy.”

Saul Bellow in A Matter of the Soul taken from the collection It All Adds Up.

3 thoughts on “veneration

  1. “Compulsory veneration is bound to come out as rebellion, hatred, and blasphemy.”

    Saul Bellow in A Matter of the Soul taken from the collection It All Adds Up.

    So that’s what happend to you? I am sincerely sorry for you, but if I was to pity you I would rob you of the power to liberate yourself from the mental slavery of victimization! I would like to encourage you to spend time, more time, with things that truly do evoke your reverence. In that way you would feel less critical, and you might fear the loss of a quality that has defined you, but on the other hand experience tells me you’re more than likely to feel a lot more fulfilled. The qualities “rebellion, hatred, and blasphemy” are really very overrated.

    Pappan

  2. I’m not sure true veneration — whatever that is* — can happen if one is supposed to suppress critical thoughts and feelings.

    * Maybe much of what is called veneration is fake. It’s a demand made by some people on other people that they should feel it, but of course it doesn’t happen. I’m not sure that if a feeling of veneration would arouse without “interference”, as it were, it would be in the least similar to proscribed veneration.

    Blasphemy and rebellion can’t be the enemies of veneration. If they were, the veneration is of the false kind. As for hatred, I’m less sure.

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