Thursday, May 22, 2008

When All Else Fails

Could the following poem by Robert Graves shed some light on a root cause of communication problems within the Adventist Church? Assuming that it does, how can acknowledging this problem assist us in solving current problems relating to doctrine and policy?

In Broken Images

He is quick, thinking in clear images,
I am slow, thinking in broken images.

He becomes dull, trusting to his clear images,
I become sharp, mistrusting my broken images.

Trusting his images, he assumes their relevance,
Mistrusting my images, I question their relevance.

Assuming their relevance, he assumes the fact,
Questioning their relevance, I question the fact.

When the fact fails him, he questions his senses,
When the fact fails me, I approve my senses.

He continues quick and dull in his clear images,
I continue slow and sharp in my broken images.

He in a new confusion of his understanding,
I in a new understanding of my confusion.

Comic modified from Grimmy: Friends Don't Let Friends Own Cats! by Mike Peters
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1 comment:

  1. that is an amazingly incisive poem, andy! thank you.