Wednesday, September 6, 2017



"The more I looked at people the more I hated them because I knowed there wasn't any place for me with the kind of people I knowed. I used to wonder why they was here anyhow?  A bunch of goddamned sons of bitches looking for somebody to make fun of...some poor fellow who ain't done nothin' but feed chickens."-

--Charles Starkweather, serial murderer, quoted in Killer Couples: Shocking True Accounts of the World's Deadliest Duos

“Son,’he said,’ ye cannot in your present state understand eternity…But ye can get some likeness of it if ye say that both good and evil, when they are full grown, become retrospective. Not only this valley but all their earthly past will have been Heaven to those who are saved. Not only the twilight in that town, but all their life on Earth, too, will then be seen by the damned to have been hell. That is what mortals misunderstand. They say of some temporal suffering, “No future bliss can make up for it,” not knowing that Heaven, once attained, will work backwards and turn even that agony into a glory. And of some sinful pleasure they say “Let me have but this and I’ll take the consequences”: little dreaming how damnation will spread back and back into their past and contaminate the pleasure of the sin. Both processes begin even before death. The good man’s past begins to change so that his forgiven sins and remembered sorrows take on the quality of Heaven: the bad man’s past already conforms to his badness and is filled only with dreariness. And that is why, at the end of all things, when the sun rises here and the twilight turns to blackness down there, the Blessed will say “We have never lived anywhere except in Heaven, : and the Lost, “We were always in Hell.” And both will speak truly.”

--C.S. Lewis, The Great Divorce


  1. I love the analysis of suffering in this post. Always enjoy reading this blog, thanks for posting such awesome content!

  2. Wow, what a juxtaposition! Last words of The Misfit in Flannery O'Connor's 'A Good Man is Hard to Find' come to mind: "Shut up, Bobby Lee," The Misfit said."There's no real pleasure in life."

    1. Yes, Fr. Pat! And just before, when the Misfit says something like you either have to throw everything away and follow Jesus or go the other way, and do some meanness...I do think Flannery saw the Misfit in his way as closer to Jesus, or hungering more strongly, than the pious, rule-following, self-satisfied, middle-class folk (like me) she is always having gored by bulls and so forth...


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