Dostoevsky’s famous The Brothers Karamazov revolves around this broken family, especially the father and his three sons and the small Russian community in which they live. One of the noticeable fact about this work is the distinction he makes between people. Those engaged in objectively morally evil behavior have chaotic lives which seem to be spinning more out of control with every breath; they are carried away by every whim and wind. On the other hand, those engaged in morally good behavior have a life of order, they’re in control, and their lives are peaceful. It’s a remarkable contrast that is presented by Dostoevsky.
In the summer of 1999, I spent 10 days backpacking in the backcountry of Philmont National Scout Ranch on a carry-everything-you-need kind of trip. On the morning of the third day, we planned to hike to the top of Mt. Baldy, but after getting a late start, we failed just short of the summit due to thunderstorms rolling in over the mountain. From that point on, we set a new goal for the final day of our hike: get to the other iconic peak of the ranch, the Tooth of Time…for sunrise. It didn’t matter that it was a 5-hour hike from our camp to the top of the peak; we spent days planning about how to shave time off that hike because we were committed to the goal. We sought to ways to find closer camps, hike faster, look for shortcuts, etc. Continue reading “The End and the Journey There: The 2nd Sunday of Lent”