The Way Out

The path away from judgment of self and neighbor requires major mercy, both giving and, horribly, receiving. Going without either of them leads to fundamentalism of all stripes, and fundamentalism is the bane of poor Mother Earth. Going without engenders blame, which offers its own solace but traps us like foxes. We trick out box traps with throw rugs and vases, until the pain grows too big. Then the only way out of jail is forgiveness.

— Anne Lamott, Hallelujah Anyway, p. 48-49

2 Responses to “The Way Out”

  1. Suzanne Summers LaPierre says:

    I just read this book too! I love Anne Lamott’s nonfiction. This wasn’t my favorite book by her, but it did have some pithy passages.

  2. Administrator says:

    Completely agree, Suzanne!

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