Monday, August 11, 2008

Love: The Universal Language

I just finished reading Jane Eyre last night and I'm still discovering the lessons uncovered deep in my being. I'm in awe the ways in which I am able to relate to a character given birth in the mind of Charlotte Bronte over 150 years ago. Her strength and independence complimented by her unfathomable ability to love without ceasing, to live and breathe desire without sacrificing dignity and divine duty have marked me in a way that few books have. The numerous experiences of abuse in her life clearly contribute to the formation of her spirit, but she is somehow never broken by them, or deterred from living with hope. Through her life she reveals that obedience and duty to God can never be detached from desire and love. Obedience and duty without love can kill the soul and desire unrestrained by obedience and duty can kill love - the very aim of the desire to begin with. It is in this tension of desire and obedience that we must all find our way in this life.

~S.

1 comment:

:::No Longer Mute said...

"Obedience and duty without love can kill the soul and desire unrestrained by obedience and duty can kill love - the very aim of the desire to begin with."...i believe that i have exercised much the former.

k.