November 3, 2020

Eugene H. Peterson writing

 The puzzle is why so many people live so badly.
Not so wickedly, but so inanely.
Not so cruelly, but so stupidly.

There is little to admire and less to imitate
in the people who are prominate in our culture.
We have celebrities
but not saints.
Famous entertainers amuse a nation
of bored insomniacs.
Infamous criminals act out the aggressions
of timid conformists.
Petulant and spoiled athletes play games vicariously
for lazy and apathetic spectators.

People, aimless and bored, amuse themselves with trivia and trash. Neither the adventure of goodness nor the pursuit of righteousness gets headlines.
Eugene H. Peterson, Run with the Horses: The Quest for Life at its Best