One of Helen Garner's helpful comments of her life and experience ( featuring the man who murdered his three sons at Winchelsea on ABC Book club last night ) was her revelation that we sometimes don't know what we are rebelling against. we neither tell ourselves or heed the few who are honest about the nature of this fear .
We are often mistaken about who the enemy is: we maybe individually our own worst enemy; and not much help to others .
We are even a hindrance to men and women in great need because we haven't faced our our real needs -Ourselves being mirrored back to us by face of others --"Takes one to know one" as we say here
We need to confront these things -
- Knowledge of our own great potential for evil
- The pathetic nature of our care for others
- The way we carry around a burden of guilt and fear and project the nature of that burden onto others
Without , I hope, being too smart , let me offer you my own reflections on the way into and beyond this very dark place.
- That, however good we or our friends are or have been, we have failed to live up to the potential we have been given . We have done wrong. we think wrong, and still do
- That ours is an unweeded garden just as any other
- We deserve nothing but our Creators rejection
- The fear of that rejection maybe stopping us from doing the one needful thing - the moving on from here - facing the reality of our own deep sinfulness.