Just to put something on the blog to keep what remaining readers I have interested (I will get back into gear sooner or later as I continue to recover from my International Sojourn), I have picked up on Tom’s little meme. The rules are:
1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open it to page 161.
3. Find the fifth full sentence.
4. Post the text of the sentence along with these instructions.
5. Don’t search around and look for the coolest book you can find. Do what’s actually next to you.
I cheated a little because I went over the Scansoft Dragon Naturally Speaking manual (which gave an expectedly dull and unamusing result) and chose the next nearest book, which happily turned out this result:
It is not the world that is narrowed down but the soul that is broadened out, being no longer absorbed in the particular, no longer looking at the trees and unable to see the wood, but now able to view the whole.
(Ratzinger, Truth and Tolerance, page 161.)
There is no suggestion of the need to nominate other players–but if you like the idea, have a go. Nb. Doing this sort of thing changed St Augustine’s life, so be careful!