the simultaneous affirmation of qualities often deemed opposites

This much is indubitably true:
the world is a dark and dangerous place.
Of course, this is equally true:
the world is a wondrously marvelous place.

And Jesus advised followers
to be as wise as serpents and as innocent as doves.

The trick, of course, is just how to be as wise as a serpent
without compromising the innocence of a dove,
and how to remain innocent
while cultivating wisdom.

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2 thoughts on “the simultaneous affirmation of qualities often deemed opposites

  1. I have thought of this advice as being from the “how to get along in the world and be my follower” hand-book Jesus gave us. I am reminded of some of the women profiled in the When They Were Old I Bet They Wore Purple sermon series–perhaps more cunning and clever than wise, and genuine and devoted than innocent. It would be interesting to consider some people who have mastered or are mastering the trick.

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