William Blake on Control

kinnon —  May 22, 2008 — 2 Comments

I’ve been wanting to write a substantive post on control for the last couple of weeks. I’m constantly stumbling across the need of so many people for absolute control in too many areas… and the death that control brings. But, since the Muse has momentarily departed – and that moment seems like an eternity – I thought I’d quote William Blake with the only poem I remember from my high school days – a millenium ago.

He who binds himself to a joy
Doth the winged life destroy
But he who kisses the joy as it flies
Lives in Eternity’s sunrise

With a comment to those who "have all the answers." You don’t. Get over yourselves.

UPDATE: David Hayward’s cartoon just seems to fit.

UPDATE 2: Read Ron Cole’s good post here on the desire of certain denoms to police blogs.

UPDATE 3: Bruce Gerencser adds to the discussion on his blog (as well as in the comments).

Aside: I have quoted Blake once before.



A television editor, writer & director since 1978. A Christian since 1982. More than a little frustrated with the Church in the West since late in the last millennium.

2 responses to William Blake on Control

  1. Bill,

    I grew up in a religious environment that was controlling and I was taught to be controlling. As a fundamentalist pastor I was controlling, in control, and had all the answers. I was taught I had to be the answer man.

    About ten years ago I realized what a as* I had been and how I had hurt others, especially my family.

    I still fight with this issue. But, I am learning not only am I not in control, I don’t know 1/10th of what I think I do.

    I am also learning I don’t need to be in control……..and most things don’t matter.


  2. Bruce,
    Thanks for the transparency. Much appreciated.


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