On the Narrow Ledge

Biology is not destiny. Each of us should be free to choose the life we wish to live, mindful of the admonishment in Micah 6:8, “Act justly, love mercy, walk humbly with your God.”

Katherine Anne Porter writes of Miranda—the young woman at the center of her short story, “Pale Horse, Pale Rider,” who is alone in life, sick in the hospital during the 1918 influenza epidemic, and fearful of death—“She lay on a narrow ledge over a pit that she knew to be bottomless, though she could not comprehend it… thinking, There it is, there it is at last, it is very simple; and soft carefully shaped words like oblivion and eternity are curtains hung before nothing at all.”

Our place in the universe is unfathomable. Choice is at the center of what it is to be human and alive. To deny that is to hollow out what it means to be free on the narrow edge of life.

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