It will never be perfect

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in

Leonard Cohen,  Anthem

In 1992 he commented on the lines: 

We’ve forgotten the central myth of our culture which is the expulsion from the garden of Eden. This situation does not admit of solution of perfection. This is not the place where you make things perfect, neither in your marriage, nor in your work, nor anything, nor your love of God, nor your love of family or country. The thing is imperfect.

There is a crack in everything that you can put together: Physical objects, mental objects, constructions of any kindBut that’s where the light gets in, and that’s where the resurrection is and that’s where the return, that’s where the repentance is. It is with the confrontation with the broken-ness of things.

One thought on “It will never be perfect

  1. Your reflections and Leonard Cohens lyric/ poem are so deep and true.
    You both really look at everything – objects to people, relationships and nature.
    Thank you Carl.

    In March I wrote a poem called Light through the Crack without ever having heard of Leonard Cohens lyrics. It quite blew me sideways and made me start reading and listening to him and I think you feel the same. Fantastic.

    miriam

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