Saturday, January 3, 2015

A New Year's Resolution?

Eric Gill's sculpture of Prospero and Ariel on the front of Broadcasting House.

The artist Eric Gill was a much flawed creature, obsessed with both sex and with God. But he had an interesting idea. He felt it important to create a "cell of good-living". Which is what we should all do. But the approach is parochial. The truth is we are obliged to create a cell of good-living that embraces the entire brotherhood and sisterhood of mankind. What then is a cell of good-living? To my way of thinking it is embodied by the military expression made famous by the novels of Dumas: "All for one and one for all". The expression goes beyond selflessness and love to a kind of camaraderie.  A genuine basis for the establishment of the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth. And unattainable writ large in the short term. But step by step, little by little, it is indeed, perhaps, achievable.

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