I have decided that my new name for Socrates is the Athenian Humility Monkey. I could explain that if I wanted to, but I don’t think I do.
Quaritch may be redeeming himself. We’ll see.
So this is what happened to be part of the Morning Prayer* for today, September 11, the anniversary one of the days on which humanity found a new and interesting way to demonstrate how much human beings can fail to love one another:
In days to come,
the mountain of the Lord’s house
shall be established as the highest mountain
and raised above the hills.
All nations shall stream toward it;
many peoples shall come and say:
“Come, let us climb the Lord’s mountain,
to the house of the God of Jacob,
that he may instruct us in his ways,
and we may walk in his paths.”
For from Zion shall go forth instruction,
and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
He shall judge between the nations,
and impose terms on many peoples.
They shall beat their swords into plowshares
and their spears into pruning hooks;
one nation shall not raise the sword against another,
nor shall they train for war again.
O house of Jacob, come,
let us walk in the light of the Lord!
*So for the last thousand years or so, Catholic monks and nuns have been praying the Bible, particularly the Psalms. They pray at the beginning of the day and the end, and several times in between. It’s a way to “pray without ceasing,” and to remind yourself that all time belongs to God. This is the great prayer of the Church, which is lifted up continually to God. As you can imagine, when people have been doing something for a millenia, they’ve figured out specific ways to do it while still celebrating the seasons of the year, etc. Different parts of the Bible are assigned to different days so they can make sure they don’t skip anything. For instance, every two weeks they prayed through all 150 or so of the Psalms. It can get a little complicated, and not easy to jump into if you’re not used to it. To make it easier for people like me who aren’t used to it to join in this prayer, there are various simplified versions with prayers for morning and evening.