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Quite The Characters We Are

Quite The Characters We Are

NPR’s Talk of the Nation covered the release of a highly relevant new book this week, David DeSteno and Piercarlo Valdesolo’s Out of Character: Surprising Truths About the Liar, Cheat, Sinner (and Saint) Lurking in All of Us. What’s most interesting about it is not the predictably powerful glimpse of original sin it provides, but the way they inadvertently highlight the all-or-nothing nature of (moral/divine) Law, with the word ‘character’ being a fairly close stand-in for ‘righteousness’ or even ‘identity.’ Indeed, they almost articulate a secularlized version of Martin Luther’s notion of simul iustus et peccator – the understanding of…

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Death, Loneliness and Beauty - According to Charlie Chaplin (Simul Justus...)

Death, Loneliness and Beauty – According to Charlie Chaplin (Simul Justus…)

‘Will Durant, author and philosopher, was also in Hollywood lecturing at UCLA. He was an old friend and occasionally dined at our house. They were amusing evenings. Will, an enthusiast who needed no stimulant to intoxicate himself but life itself, once asked me: “What is your conception of beauty?” I said I thought it was an omnipresence of death and loveliness, a smiling sadness that we discern in nature and all things, a mystic communion that the poet feels–an expression of it can be a dustbin with a shaft of sunlight across it, or it can be a rose in…

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Simul Justus et Peccator from Johnny Cash

Don’t think I could add any commentary to what the man in black has to say here….
Sinner + Saint a la simul justus et peccator……
“The Beast in Me” (Sinner)

“Redemption” (Saint)