Practical, Therapeutic, Theological Thought

by Penrod

Give up sainthood, renounce wisdom
And it will be a hundred times better for everyone

Give up kindness, renounce morality
And men will rediscover filial piety and love.

Give up ingenuity, renounce profit,
And bandits and thieves will disappear.

These three are outward forms alone;
they are not sufficient in themselves.
It is more important
To see the simplicity,
To realize one’s true nature,
To cast off selfishness
And temper desire.

Lao Tsu, Tao Te Ching, number Nineteen written 2500 years ago. Translated by Gia-Fu Feng and Jane English.

Need I say how therapeutic, theological, and practical this is?

Penrod says that, in thinking about him, one should think first of Booth Tarkington's Penrod, the boy writer, and then of the mighty pen of Martin Luther with its power like unto the rod of Aaron.

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