“And I finally appreciate the difference between the words ‘innocent’ and ‘naïve’. Which is not one that can be learned theoretically, but only in practice. Since however paradoxical it may sound, true innocence is the product of experience; it’s a state of mind, not a state of ignorance. And it won’t be found in any childhood garden (of Eden); but rather in an uncompromising and an uncompromised acceptance of life”.
“There is no fundamental state of wickedness, and we don’t have a propensity to evil, merely the capacity for it. How can it be otherwise when we’re made in the image of God, with his two supreme faculties of creativity and moral responsibility? So perfection is neither a lost cause, nor a lost paradise. The ideal may lie in Christ, but the potential is in ourselves”.
Michael Arditti – The Celibate
Posted by nathan at May 29, 2003 06:12 AM
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