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Jesu, Juva

Pressure

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If you want to become immortal, gentlemen, don’t yield to pressure. Yielding to pressure makes you into . . . matter. And matter is something to be forgotten. All human beings, gentlemen, who yield to pressure are forgotten. And rightly so. It’s just clay. Who cares? Matter is there to be not a matter. And you don’t matter if you yield to pressure. And the funniest philosophy in this country is that it is clever to yield to pressure. Well, if you want to be powderized, and pulverized, and annihilated, yield to pressure. But it’s a very unpleasant fate expecting you. You become absolutely superfluous. The man who yields to pressure is superfluous because lower life than man does this much better. Rubber yields to pressure much better than you. You can never excel, you see, in the same direction as rubber, or any plastic. So if you want to be a man, gentlemen, don’t look in directions which are not made for you and me. We are meant to sense catastrophes. We are, so to speak, the Geiger counter, if you want to have a modern way. And if we count the catastrophe, we have to do something about it.

Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy, Comparative Religion, 1954

For they all wanted to frighten us, thinking, “Their hands will drop from the work, and it will not be done.” But now, O God, strengthen my hands. Now when I went into the house of Shemaiah the son of Delaiah, son of Mehetabel, who was confined to his home, he said, “Let us meet together in the house of God, within the temple. Let us close the doors of the temple, for they are coming to kill you. They are coming to kill you by night.” But I said, “Should such a man as I run away? And what man such as I could go into the temple and live? I will not go in.” And I understood and saw that God had not sent him, but he had pronounced the prophecy against me because Tobiah and Sanballat had hired him. For this purpose he was hired, that I should be afraid and act in this way and sin, and so they could give me a bad name in order to taunt me. Remember Tobiah and Sanballat, O my God, according to these things that they did, and also the prophetess Noadiah and the rest of the prophets who wanted to make me afraid.

(Nehemiah 6:9–14 ESV)

Written by Scott Moonen

January 16, 2020 at 8:52 am

Posted in Quotations

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