The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

17 August 2007

Quote of the week

Fallen Sparrow addresses a letter to a "new friend" who broke into his apartment:

Judging by the fact that you failed to recognize the value of certain items prominently displayed and left unmolested, I learned several things about you: you are amateurish or perhaps simply unintelligent; you were in a hurry and therefore, probably desperate; you are not afraid of heights, as I am, for you went down a fire escape from the seventh floor; you are stunningly unobservant: directly beneath the computer you stole, one could not fail to see two illuminated books: the Pentateuch (a book in which it is famously written, "Thou shalt not steal") and the Gospels and Acts (in which it was written, "Then [the criminal] said, 'Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.' / He replied to him, 'Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise'."); I would not be surprised to find out that we are similarly afflicted: I imagine that you have gotten a little fix at my expense. If that is so, may it be your last, and I mean it in all sincerity; I was once in the grips of addiction and suffered strenuously and manfully. In my freedom, I desire the same freedom for others; were you to come to me and say, "Teach me a way out," I would gladly invite you in, friend, and tell you how I was shown the way.

As the phrase goes, Read The Whole Thing.

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