The state of nature and the Kingdom of God | The Community
There was a thought experiment used by some of the Enlightenment-era political philosophers. It went something like this: “In the state of nature all people are free and equal. There is no society or government to limit or prevent any choice or behaviour. Each individual is perfectly free to do as they please without regard for any other person. Even the strong are vulnerable to the weak when they sleep and this means that each individual is perfectly equal.”
Lord, don’t give me strength | The Community
I have been ill. I am better and it is nothing serious. But the battery of seemingly futuristic tests for which I got lined up, along with symptoms that were temporarily debilitating, triggered an interior spiral of obsessive worrying that I suspect is pretty common for people facing health difficulties. I tried to identify mistakes I had made – in diet and lifestyle particularly – that could be blamed for causing these problems.