Here’s the game:
Books are scarce in the world. They are illegal in some provinces. They are not easily replaced if not impossible to replace if lost in many if not most circumstances. If you can replace a book or buy one it is usually through the black market at astronomical costs that you cannot afford. Yet you have been able to maintain one of the best collections in the world. If your entire library was about to burn up (think of the firefighters in Fahrenheit 451 invading your home) and you could only have one* book to take with you other than the Bible, what would that be and why?
Answer the question. Offer one quote that resonates with you. Tag five people whose response is of genuine interest to you and inform him or her that they have been tagged. Cheers!
*And it cannot be an entire series of something, that’s cheating.
This was hard, because I don’t read many books more than once, so I kept thinking I would want to take something that I haven’t read, but can I take that chance? I mean, what if it’s terrible? So, I decided on one of the few authors that I do read again and again. That would be Meister Eckhart.
I’m continually inspired by Eckhart’s dynamic relationship between the Creator and the creature. He talks about a woodworker, who has the idea of a chest of drawers. And then the craftsman makes the piece of furniture, but the ideal still rests in his mind. In the same sense, we are made in the image of God, and we reside in the mind of God.
As a Christian and as an artist, Eckhart’s words captivate me. They make me sense this inner life: a reality in which as I create, I am more fully created. I begin to understand that being made in the image of a Creator means that we’re makers. As Eckhart says, “Words derive their power from the original word.” And “every creature is a word of God.”
There are parts of his wisdom that I don’t understand and I’m not sure I agree with, like, “The eye with which I see God is the same eye with which God sees me.”
And there are abiding truths that resonate with me, even in their paradox: “You should know nothing is as dissimilar as the Creator and any creature. In the second place, nothing is as similar as the Creator and any creature. And in the third place, nothing is as equally dissimilar and similar to anything else as God and the creature are dissimilar and similar in the same degree.”
Sadly, I don’t know German, so I have to take an English translation with me. And, it’s probably cheating (I always cheat on memes…), but most of his English works are compilations. So I have to say, The Complete Mystical Works of Meister Eckhart are coming out (McGinn does it again!). A big, fat 600+ pages. I’ll take it with me.
Now, I tag Ruth Everhart, Reverendmother, Diane Roth, Aric Clark, the Pastor of Disaster (Tee hee hee. He didn’t know that it was part of the marital covenant that he would have to answer every meme!)
And what about you? What would you take?
photo’s by Scott Dungan