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February 27th 2010    Tim Candler

    "It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth."   When the book of Lamentations was written it would inevitably contain such a sentiment.   These days the yoking of youth is more likely considered abusive.    And I wonder. 

    But since Gilgamesh, the old have envied the young.   The awful word "wellness" perhaps.  Eternal youth perhaps.  Any one of many reasons to configure life as primarily an issue that belongs to the future.   Otherwise we become grasshoppers.

    Some reference the betterment of man as their yardstick.  There are those who think this feat possible and there are those who think it unnecessary.  The latter prefer to conceive of  'now' as a temporal punishment.    The former apparently become Democrats.

     Pope John the twenty third offered a principle.   A young man, he suggested, should chose "a spiritual director from amongst the most exemplary, prudent and learned, in whom he may have full trust, and on whom he may depend entirely, accepting advice and direction with complete confidence."

       Here I suppose, mammon would be in a frequency that includes yachts and vacations and homage from the poor.   So I wonder at the betterment of man rather than believe in it.  

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