The serpent says... (scottopic) wrote in corruption,
The serpent says...

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St. Lenny speaks

What is a saint? A saint is someone who has achieved a remote human possibility.
It is impossible to say what that possibility is. I think it has something to do with the
energy of love. Contact with this energy results in the exercise of a kind of balance in
the chaos of existence. A saint does not dissolve the chaos; if he did the world would
have changed long ago. I do not think that a saint dissolves the chaos even for
himself, for there is something arrogant and warlike in the notion of a man setting the
universe in order. It is a kind of balance that is his glory. He rides the drifts like an
escaped ski. His course is the caress of the hill. His track is a drawing of the snow in a
moment of its particular arrangement with wind and rock. Something in him so loves the
world that he gives himself to the laws of gravity and chance. Far from flying with the
angels, he traces with the fidelity of a seismograph needle the state of the solid bloody
landscape. His house is dangerous and finite, but he is at home in the world. He can
love the shape of human beings, the fine and twisted shapes of the heart. It is good to
have among us such men, such balancing monsters of love.

- Leonard Cohen, Beautiful Losers
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