Now listening to : Neko Case -- 'Fox Confessor Brings the Flood'
Especially recommended : Track 12 - 'The Needle Has Landed'
Yes, it's been two weeks since the previous entry. And yes, I'm listening to the same cd. But for the first week and a half all I could do was repeat on 'Hold on, Hold on' (seagulls wheel and clouds come hither) so that can't count as a fair listening sample. An issue I've now corrected by listening to the album AllTheWayThrough for a while and settling on a different recommendation. It's times like these you can tell I'm a giver.
It's been a week of lolling, sprawling -- taking the time to come to muscular terms with the previous week of caffeine and hunching. Prone, I've been pondering that category of words that constitute their own antonyms, and while 'enough' is a definite in, I feel like I may be reaching on a few others. But after a few more months practice, I plan to take my skills and apply them to my studies in a wonderfully efficient blend of apophasis and kataphasis. It's possible the second-most qualified word for my new favorite category is 'efficient'. Anyway, words that fill the lack they articulate. Sort of like texts that supplement themselves. Sort of.
And where will I apply this new skillset of mine? Well, I just got the name of a new German intellectual, Bernard Ha(e)ring to obsess over. He's a moral theologian whose experiences in WWII lead, unlike Joseph Ratzinger, to a belief in individual responsibility as a moral center, as opposed to ecclesial obedience. It sounds a little good to be true, especially because at the end of the day, I think I'll still find Ratzinger more personally compelling, but it's another avenue to pursue.
Having done one big paper on Rahner and another on Kung, and having started John L. Allen Jr.'s Ratzinger biography, I feel like I should start coming up with the real question I want to ask. It's got something to do with the relation between authority and pastoral care, but also with the role of the theologian, which is only implicitly tied to both pastoral care and authority. Although, that makes it all the more interesting when someone makes those ties explicit, in language, that's traceable to powerplays. I dunno.