Wisdom from Karl Barth

Speaking of what he referred to as the chthonic powers - powers which arise from human creativity but which, in turn, seek to enslave their creators, Barth says that it is the creative person that
is the one who discovers them and sees how useful they can be in his service. It is his spirit that triumphs in their exploitation. It is he who is at the helm, who pulls the levers, who presses the knobs. Nevertheless they automatically and autonomously rumble and work and roll and roar and clatter outside him, without him, past him and over him. He finds that he himself is subject to their laws, which he has foreseen, to their power, which he as released. . . . In simplifying and easing his life, they also complicate it and make it more difficult. They take away his little anxieties but create new and bigger ones. They seem to promise courage and a greater zest for life, but increased worry about life is the fulfillment of their promise. (CL, 228)

So many things spring to mind here. Take communication technology for a start. The liberating power of the telephone, mobile phones, emails, wireless internet. How many of us have found ourselves slaves to the very things that we created to help make our lives easier?


Anonymous said…
How very true, I must stop reading blogs when I should be writing sermons!
Anonymous said…
I just happen to be reading Walter Wink's "The Powers that Be" just now.

Barth's words really connect!
Anonymous said…
Nice to meet you!I want to share you with the surprise. We are specialized in producing laptop batteries, like acer aspire oneacer aspire 3200acer travelmate 2200,,acer aspire 4310acer aspire 3100acer travelmate 4200Dell Inspiron 6400Dell Inspiron E1505Dell Latitude D620Latitude D600Compaq EVO N800Compaq Presario 900HP Compaq NC6000HP Compaq NX9010Compaq Presario C700Compaq Presario M2000Compaq B1900Dell Latitude CPIDell M65hp f2019ahp f1739ahp pavilion dv1000hp omnibook 6000hp Business Notebook 6510bAsus EEE PC 701Asus A2Asus A3000acer aspire 5500Dell B120 and so on, have high quality and reasonable price, if you need, you can just try, Hope you will like it.
Anonymous said…
Becoming involved in a church can do these things, too! [speaking from my own sad experience; it's tough to stay the course!]

Popular Posts