celebrating life

March 2, 2007

Back in November, I posted an entry in which I mused that fatherhood was perhaps ‘the ultimate activism‘. Well here is an excerpt from a book I’m reading by Henri Nouwen called ‘The Road to Peace’. The bit in question was originally written in the context of the threat of Cold War nuclear obliteration, but it is easily transferrable to our own upside-down world, where billions are spent on death rather than life.

“Having a baby seems such a natural, obvious, and rather unspectacular event. But for those who are deeply aware that we are living on a planet that is being prepared for total destruction, in a time that we can be sure only of the past and the present but not for the future, giving life to a new human being becomes an act of resistance. Bringing into the world a little child totally dependent on the care of others and leading it gradually to maturity is true defiance of the power of death and darkness. It is saying loudly: For us life is stronger than death, love is stronger than fear, and hope is stronger than despair.” (Nouwen, The Road to Peace, p.43)

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