It' s Déjà vu All Over Again
He may not
be as poetic as the writer of Ecclesiastes, but Yogi Berra knows a
truth when he sees one. "It seems like
it' s déjà vu
all over again," he remarked when Yankee hitters Roger Maris and
Mickey Mantle scored back-to-back home runs. We smile at the absurdity
s wit, and yet we also nod our heads in agreement: there is nothing
new under the sun. Every beginning, every loss, every seemingly fresh
has its roots in something we' ve experienced before.
mothers and fathers of the church "got" this. They,
like the writer Wendell Berry, understood a view of life that was "obedient
to its processes, patient in its taking away, faithful to its returns." That
our fortunes are tied to the same ebb and flow of the earth, the
same cycle of birth and death and resurrection, was not a foreign
concept to them.
An agricultural people, they traced the year through its seasons
- the fallow time, the planting and growing time, the harvest time.
One led inexorably
into another; none could be left out.
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