Marilynne Robinson: On being and worth

Heart-at-the-Hart_House“Being and human beings…are invested with a degree of value that we can’t honor appropriately. An overabundance that is magical….Brilliant creatures, who at a very high rate, predictably, are incomprehensible to each other….Abuse or neglect of a human being is not the destruction of worth but certainly the denial of it. Worth. We’re always trying to anchor meaning in experience. But without the concept of worth, there’s no concept of meaning….Which I think is so much of the importance of the Genesis narrative. We are given each other in trust.”

(as quoted in Wyatt Mason, “The Revelations of Marilynne Robinson,” The New York Times Magazine, October 1, 2014.)

2017 UPDATE: Marilynne Robinson will be delivering the Ingersoll Lecture as part of Harvard Divinity School’s Bicentennial celebrations, on Thursday, April 27, 2017. The event is currently sold out, but watch for the online video of her lecture soon after the event.

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