Some thoughts from Vigelandsparken

It is not certain whether we may be creatures like angels or demons, forming into that which we will become in some later existence. What is certain is that we are human now, and here there is both heaven and hell incarnate, and it is up to us to choose which one we would prefer to help build. For if the kingdom of heaven can dwell in the hearts of men, so can the dominion of darkness engulf us as we are. We need but look out into our world and see where evil has spread.

But this is a mischaracterisation of the nature of evil, and as Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite would maintain, evil is truly the absence or corruption of good. For nothing was ever created or formed from evil. Furthermore “all that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” And so must we recognize the place we all have in bettering the world.

Do something then. Build up heaven, here and now. Not in defiance of divinity, but in honour of that which we esteem to be – creatures of beauty, creatures of love.

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