April 17, 2009

Watch the scattered thoughts settle and burn

"Do not give dogs what is holy, and do not throw your pearls before pigs, lest they trample them underfoot and turn to attack you." What does that mean? Self-protection over sharing of truth? Who are the swine?

Our lives are basically worthless on our own. But giving our life away (dying to self, or for another) is the greatest sacrifice. Perhaps the great expression of love is realizing that we shouldn't prize our life so highly. "Love is a dollar that's already spent." (War in My Blood, Fiction Family) "Nothing that you have not given away will ever be really yours." (C.S. Lewis)

Isn't the ultimate value truth? It's like every debate round has the value of the eternally good, beautiful, and true. When we discuss "value clash," it's essentially criterion clash for the ultimate value. And the value-related arguments we bring challenge the standard by appealing to an inner standard. A value is only what we believe to be a more tangible expression of beauty, goodness, and truth. Do we fool ourselves in claiming that it's an absolute standard?