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                                 ´The Seven Storey Mountain´   
                                     By Thomas Merton

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´I suppose it is usual for elder brothers, when they are still children, to feel themselves demeaned by the company of a brother four or five years younger, whom they regard as a baby and whom they tend to patronise and look down upon.
So when Russ and I and Bill made huts in the woods out of boards and tar-paper which we collected around the foundations of the many cheap houses which the speculators were now putting up, as fast as they could, all over Douglaston, we severely prohibited John Paul and Russ´s little brother Tommy and their friends from comming anywhere near us.
And if they did try to come and get into our hut, or even to look at it, we would chase them away with stones.

When I think now of that part of my childhood, the picture I get of my brother John Paul is this: standing in a field, about a hundred yards away from the clump of sumachs where we have built our hut, is this little perplexed five-year-old kid in short pants and a kind of leather jacket, standing quite still, with arms hanging down at his sides, and gazing in our direction, afraid to come any nearer on account of the stones, as insulted as he is saddened, and his eyes full of indignation and sorrow.
And yet he does not go away. We shout at him to get out of there, to beat it, and go home, and wing a couple of rocks in that direction, and he does not go away. We tell him to play in some other place.
He does not move.

And there he stands, not sobbing, not crying, but angry and unhappy and offended and tremendously sad. And yet he is fascinated by what we are doing, nailing shingles all over our new hut. And his tremendous desire to be with us and do what we are doing will not permit him to go away. The law written in his nature says that he must be with his elder brother, and do what he is doing: and he cannot understand why this law of love is being so wildly and unjustly violated in his case.

Mant times it was like that. And in a sense, this terrible situation is the pattern and prototype of all sin: the deliberate and formal will to reject disinterested love for us for the purely arbitary reason that we simply do not want it. We will to seperate ourselves from that love. We reject it entirely and absolutely, and will not acknowledge it, simply because it does not please us to be loved. Perhaps the inner motive is that the fact of being loved disinterestedly reminds us that we all need love from others, and depend upon the charity of others to carry on our own lives.
And we refuse love, and reject society, in so far as it seems in our own perverse imagination, to imply some obscure kind of humiliation.´


 

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Make me cry, A place for those sad stories, from books..etc!
« Reply #1 on: 22/06/2007 21:27:23 »
Probably better here:

One of the monks told me a story about John of the cross, John was in prision and outside he could hear a young man signing to the girl he loved, a beautiful love song, and as part of the song he sang ´I would die for you my love´

And the girl walked out on to the balcony and said ´So die then´
 

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« Reply #2 on: 23/06/2007 08:00:02 »
This is a nice thread Jolly!
 

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« Reply #3 on: 23/06/2007 08:01:54 »
oh no... this is the last thing you needed karen! lol
 

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« Reply #4 on: 23/06/2007 08:04:44 »
It's OK Nice stories make you think about peoples behavior and human nature!
 

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« Reply #5 on: 08/07/2007 14:34:10 »
Jolly are you alright???
 

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« Reply #6 on: 08/07/2007 15:52:07 »
Why do you think I keep asking.. I'm going to try to sleep..


Be good and have a good Day you guys!!
 

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« Reply #7 on: 08/07/2007 17:05:58 »
the pig died..*sniff*
 

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« Reply #8 on: 08/07/2007 22:50:40 »
Coz you think I´m upset I suppose.

I suppose you are partially right!
 

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« Reply #9 on: 21/04/2008 17:55:41 »
the pig died..*sniff*
What pig?
 

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