Friday, May 13, 2011

An Argument for Solitude

From My Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis:
The desires of sensuality draw thee abroad, but when the hour is past what dost thou bring home but a weight upon thy conscience and a dissipation of thy heart.

A joyful going abroad often brings forth a sorrowful coming home; and a merry evening makes a sad morning.

So all carnal joys enter pleasantly but in the end bring remorse and death.

What canst thou see elsewhere which thou seest not here? Behold the heavens and the earth, and all the elements; for of these all things are made.

What canst though see anywhere which can continue long under the sun?

Thou thinkest perhaps to be satisfied, but thou canst not attain to it.

If thou couldst see all things at once before thee what would it be but a vein sight? (Ecc 1:14)

Lift up thine eyes to God on high and pray for thy sins and negligences. (Ecc 3:4; Ps 82:1)

Leave vain things to vain people, but mind thou the things which God hath commanded thee.

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