After reflecting on indvidual psalms of lament last week, I've been studying the communal laments this week. What do you think of this passage?
|Marlboro Man - the iconic loner|
I’ve been reflecting on this passage, and have found that some of Brueggemann’s ideas really ring true. For example, “the category of the personal, even psychological, has become our mode of experiencing reality.” This blog that you are reading is testimony to the truth of this, isn’t it?
A SENSE OF RESPONSIBILITY?
YOU CAN'T FIND CITY HALL
|East Orange NJ City Hall|
So if a town has experienced a catastrophe, each individual in the town can choose to respond in whatever way he or she wants. They are not “in this together” – if they were, then my students would have been outraged that the gas station owner on the corner would double his prices when he saw that he could profit from the misery of his neighbors. As things stand presently he's morally entitled to prey on his neighbors for as long as he can get away with it.
So much for my private psychological musings. Time to go down to community mass.