I lack the words

June 11, 2010

There are persons, and there are non-persons. All non-persons are inherently, ontologically, self-referential; they lack the means to refer to another being or thing. All persons, however, are other-referential. They are persons only as much as they refer to others.

This is the sin of pride, that we refer to ouselves and thus try to become a non-person. This is the sin of idolatry, that we are referential towards unworthy things or persons.

This is the greatest commandment: we are only alive to the extent in which we love God by loving others. It is a description of the reality of being more than a prescriptive set of rules. It is the way everything operates; it is the way Trinity is, always exalting others.


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