Wednesday, November 21, 2007

True joy doesn't need a jester

Angela phoned tonight and we had a long and lovely chat.

Somewhere in the middle she said she missed watching videos with us. She misses the reflection and discussion... and then she went on to talk about the viewing patterns of her friends and neighbors. It brought to mind this quotation (from Peterson again) that I've had in draft all week.

We try to get [joy] through entertainment. We pay someone to make jokes, tell stories, perform dramatic actions, sing songs. We buy the vitality of another's imagination to divert and enliven our own lives. The enormous entertainment industry in America is a sign of the depletion of joy in our culture. Society is a bored, gluttonous king employing a court jester to divert it after an overindulgent meal. But that kind of joy never penetrates our lives, never changes our basic constitution.

- Peterson, "A Long Obedience in the Same Direction"

I miss Angela's contributions to our discussions. She often comes at a thing from such a different angle than I, but she knows where joy is from: its not in the entertainment!

Creating Our Own Entertainment - Angela's Birthday Tea

And she's perhaps the best prayer partner I've ever had.


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