Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Pacing the Cage

Kierkegaard and Cockburn (Bruce, that is): two men of spirit.

Consider this paragraph from SK's For Self-Examination in connection with Cockburn's song Pacing the Cage:

[The] solitary man . . . sits, or - if you will have it so - he walks, perhaps up and down the floor, like a lion imprisoned in a cage; and yet, that in which he is imprisoned is a remarkable thing - he is of God or by God imprisoned in himself.

I listened to Pacing the Cage over and over again in the summer and early fall of 2007, as I drove to visit my dying father in a hospice called The Pillars. Would that I were on my way over there right now . . .

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