You know things are serious when, having read something, your mind pings a quote from TS Eliot: in the first bit of Burnt Norton…
“Go, said the bird, for the leaves were full of children,
Hidden excitedly, containing laughter.
Go, go, go, said the bird: human kind
Cannot bear very much reality.
Time past and time future
What might have been and what has been
Point to one end, which is always present.”
Human kind cannot bear very much reality. And Gethsemane points us to that “no this can’t be happening” bit of our brain: the bit which notices the safety rope is frayed, the mountains…
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