Archive for March 31st, 2023

Seeking Balance


Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance and order and rhythm and harmony.

–Thomas Merton, No Man is an Island, 1955

I am not going to make any comments this morning on the happenings of yesterday except to say that we live in a world that is forever seeking equilibrium.

It seeks balance against the weight of imbalance.

Order against the chaos of disorder.

Rhythm against the uncertainty of arrhythmia.

Harmony against the violence of disharmony.

Justice against the malignancy of injustice.

Yesterday may have just been the first movement of a world moving towards being back in balance. And if it can find that equilibrium, as Merton wrote, then I will express my happiness.

Until here’s a favorite song from the late great Harry Nilsson, I Guess the Lord Must Be in New York City. You can take its implied meaning any way you want…

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