Friday, March 23, 2012

Ban the Commedia?

Someone proposes banning Dante's magnum opus because, well, it's racistsexisthomophobicmisogynistic.  And viciousmeanspiritedintolerantinsensitive.

I prefer the Vita Nuova to the Comedy, but still -- this is rather absurd.

As kingfishers catch fire

Desert Wisdom

From Desert Wisdom: Sayings of the Desert Fathers, trans. and illus. by Yushi Nomura, intro. and afterword by Henri Nouwen (Orbis Books, 2001):

Amma Synclectica said: It is good not to get angry.  But if it should happen, do not allow your day to go by affected by it.  For it is said: Do not let the sun go down.  Otherwise, the rest of your life may be affected by it. Why hate a person who hurts you, for it is not that person who is unjust, but the devil.  Hate the sickness, but not the sick person. [p 84]

Once some people came to an old man in Thebaid, bringing a person possessed by a demon, hoping that he might be cured by the old man.  Being asked persistently for quite some time, the old man finally said to the demon: Go out of God's creation.  And the demon replied: I will go out, but let me ask you just one thing.  Tell me, who are the goats and who are the sheep?  Then the old man said: A goat is someone such as I am, but as for the sheep, well, God only knows.  Hearing this, the demon cried out in a loud voice: Look, because of your humility I am going out!  And he went away that very moment. [pp 80-81]