I’ve been circling around and around this post by TNC; still not thinking in straight lines.
Scattered bits: the bad faith of American triumphalism, of progressivism (as Whig history); the shock of my students when I speak plainly about white supremacy; how it is harder for me to speak plainly of male supremacy (/patriarchy?); how white supremacy doesn’t just hurt black people; how male supremacy doesn’t just hurt female people.
And then the posts on waning Christendom in the US, on the erosion of religious structures, what it all means. More circling.
But this: to look to God is to look away, that religious belief seems to me a form of alienation, a scrim between oneself and the world.
Of course, to the believer, it is I who am alienated.
How any of this relates to kenosis, I don’t know.
And through a side door: we carry our troubles with us. If I have a morality, it is that we should carry our troubles with us. We have to learn how to carry them, so they trouble us less, and when memory is enough.
This is one way to find out who we are.
The troubles are ours; they can’t be given up to God without giving up ourselves.
But then, that might be the point. To some.
I’ll try to think better, to gather these flyaway threads.