Conversation: the point of things

Creak your armchair over to mine for a moment, we’re going to have a conversation.

I’m trying to work out the point of things. I have an hour.

Aren’t we meant to wait until the long afternoons and daylight savings for that sort of work? We need a verandah.

What do you think this means: The chief end of man is to glorify God and to enjoy him forever?

The Westminster Shorter Catechism?
Isn’t it all in the verbs? whatever it means, its got to do with those two verbs, ‘glorify’ and ‘enjoy’. Strange that there are two verbs but only one ‘chief end’.

Two activities, but what kind of action? Are these not really actions, just active verbs masquerading as actions? What is it to ‘enjoy’ something? Do I do it, or is it done to me? What about ‘glorifying’? It seems more straightforward, I glorify someone, there is a subject and a patient. But that’s just grammar, what does the activity consist in?
Isn’t it possible to glorify someone by not doing anything, just by existing? The way a great painting glorifies the Master.

So…
It’s quite possible that man attains his end just by being.

Isn’t that what you would expect for the handiwork of the Creator?

What am I doing then? Why am I restless?

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2 thoughts on “Conversation: the point of things

  1. Good questions.
    I have pondered along similar lines, though with much more going-around-in-circles and much less getting-to-the-point.

    One thought to add. You say, "It's quite possible that man attains his end just by being." Perhaps that is exactly what the fall messed up. Perhaps, our whole problem could be summarised as: We no longer attain our end just by being; attaining our end now requires active intervention.

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