Some Thoughtful Words From Adrienne Rich

“An honorable human relationship — that is, one in which two people have the right to use the word “love” — is a process, delicate, violent, often terrifying to both persons involved, a process of refining the truths they can tell each other. It is important to do this because it breaks down human self-delusion and isolation. It is important to do this because in doing so we do justice to our own complexity. It is important to do this because we can count on so few people to go that hard way with us.” Adrienne Rich

May God bless richly the spouses who go the “…hard way with us.”

What We Hear and Read

“Liars typically explain events in simple terms, since our brains struggle to build a complex lie. Judgment and evaluation are complex things for our brains to compute.” Noah Zandan, a well-regarded, much followed language analyst. I agree.

We are bombarded on the airwaves with simplistic, agenda-driven hype attempting to persuade. As a rule, it’s overly simplistic in a very complex world. One human mind alone has enormous complexity, let alone the complexity of cultural commentary. Unfortunately, simplistic sells.

The statements may not be conscious lies. They might be someone caught up in greed and fury.

I think the spoken word today is more dangerous than the written word. One can read or even reread a variety of essays on a current controversial topic. Patience is a virtue.

May God bless each of our efforts to find the truth.