Strange times. Many people are closed off. For some, it feels as a long – too long – sojourn in a crypt! Strange times, when it feels more like an unduly prolonged Good Friday and an unending Holy Saturday than the enchantment of a joyful Easter Sunday! Strange times when hopes get shattered, project trashed and relationships dissolved… All this because of a virus and its effects on human bodies and worlds.
Strange times, indeed when human creativity and capacity for innovation is challenged in new ways so that communications be maintained, new projects and associations fostered, rejuvenated relationship flourishing. All this because of a virus. “Felix culpa”…
Strange times to sing “halleluia” and hope for life! Maybe not that strange. Maybe it is in times like this that the profound meaning of the Easter faith and of the liturgical practices incarnating it can emerge… Suffering and death do not have the last word.. ought not to be given a chance to be the last events for humanity!
In any case, it is in these, our times, that we continue to think, reflect, in philosophy and theology on the meaning of life, looking out for what in discourses and practices fosters fake news, dangerous egoistic practices, anguish and despair… also looking out for emerging worlds thanks to untapped human capabilities… I wish you, in this Eastertide, fruitful last few days of this semester!
Monday, April 06, 2020