Monday, May 8, 2006

THE SKELETON AT THE FEAST

Anger

 

“Of the Seven Deadly Sins, anger is probably the most fun. To lick your wounds, to smack your lips over grievances long past, to roll over your tongue the prospect of bitter confrontations yet to come, to savor to the last toothsome morsel both the pain your are given and the pain you are giving back – in many ways it is a feast fit for a king. The chief drawback is that what you are wolfing down is yourself. The skeleton at the feast is you.”

 

This is from a book called Wishful Thinking-A Theological ABC. It’s a skinny little book with entries from Abraham to Zaccheus. I’d read it years ago and finally managed to track down a used copy a few years ago. This particular entry has always stuck with me.

 

The author's entry on bread reminds us that there is an emptiness that even the most elaborate feast won't satisfy. I think that the feast of anger that we're seeing around us is one of the results. Darned if I know what the answer is.

 

Blessed be

3 comments:

tenyearnap said...

That gave me chills. What an image!

lisaram1955 said...

I've seen this one before.  And I have an innate trust in human nature (God/dess knows why) that we will figure it out before we completely consume ourselves.  Lisa  :-]  

toonguykc said...

Wait....you don't have the answer either??!!  Damn!  I'm starting to think there is no answer and we are just sitting around waiting for destruction.  SIGH

Russ