Now we are ready to take up the fifth of the Owl’s principal
terms: Obedience. This is probably the one least likely to find acceptance
among our modern brothers and sisters, who seem to have a visceral reaction
against anything resembling conventional moral precepts.
But that is not a scold. Fortunately, the meaning of
obedience we have in mind comes from a completely different plane, not the one
where the frumious bandersnach moralism
stretches his jaws and claws. No, the obedience we have in mind flows from the
last previous of our terms: freedom.
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We are now about five months into writing An Owl Among
Ruins. It would be understandable that our few readers don’t find much logical
consistency in the thing so far. We may have created more frustration than clarity.
That’s not good for one who is still trying, at 73, to get control his mother
tongue. He knows all the best advisors on the subject say Keep It Simple; no
extravagant turns of phrase, no complex compound sentences—you learned it in
grade school. I’m slow. By now it’s fair to ask, What Is the Owl Trying to Say?
Put it down in as few words and as plainly as possible.
OK, here goes. It will help to start with the key terms.
Luckily they are few, but unluckily, from the first they don’t mean what people
think they mean. Here they are: Faith, Covenant, Love, Freedom, Obedience.
These are things already alive in human hearts, maybe in all human hearts.
Let’s take them one at a time, then see how they fit into a whole.
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