Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Dreaming of Systems

Why should men love the Church? Why should they love her laws?
She tells them of Life and Death, and of all that they would forget.
She is tender where they would be hard, and hard where they like to be soft.
She tells them of Evil and Sin, and other unpleasant facts.
They constantly try to escape
From the darkness outside and within
By dreaming of systems so perfect that no one will need to be good.
But the man that is will shadow
The man that pretends to be.

–T. S. Eliot, “Choruses from ‘The Rock’”


Anonymous said...

True. But T. S. Elliot also wrote:
Jellicles can and Jellicles do
Jellicle songs for Jellicle cats. I remember when you would make fun of me listening to "Cats." If I remember it right, you called this cat by a different name.

Anonymous said...

Here's more:
Jellicle cats come out tonight
Jellicle cats come one come all
The Jellicle moon is shining bright
Jellicles come to the Jellicle ball

Jellicle cats meet once a year
At the Jellicle ball where we all rejoice
And the Jellicle leader will soon appear
And make what is known as the Jellicle choice...
Jellicles ask because Jellicles dare
Who will it be?