What does love have to do with discipline? What does discipline have to do with purity? What does purity have to do with fruitfulness?
But not only do many actors overlook the rhetorical shape of the speeches they perform, they think it's wrong for anyone to suggest that these speeches - or this character - or the play that contains them - means anything other than the (usually narrow and self-serving) meaning they impose upon all of it arbitrarily and ahead of time - which is how they look at life: disconnected fragmentary bits of emotion and experience without a point to any of it beyond whatever subjective point a person may choose to impose as the mood strikes him.
This is all rather Forced or Contrived. But when you're taught to impose an interpretation on a character even while learning lines in the privacy of your bedroom, what else can be expected?
This all ties in to my latest post, Everything I Know about Theology and Economics I Learned from "Cracked", in which I touch upon the Cult of Sterility, or the modern devotion (sometimes unwilling devotion) to activities that bear no fruit.
In the same way that we tend to think the emotions in Shakespeare are for show and not for a purpose; in the same way we tend to think that art is for self-expression, and not for the expression of anything beyond self; in the same way that we expect sex to be barren; and in the same way that labor in an Economy of Usury becomes pointless, so all of life ends up serving the idol Priapus-Wearing-a-Condom - and through all of this we are witnessing the effects of cutting off Eros from its target.
By contrast ...
"Desire therefore my words; long for them and you shall be instructed," the Holy Spirit tells us in the Book of Wisdom (6:11) - which is to say, "Seek and ye shall find, knock and it shall be opened unto you." (Matthew 7:7).
Ontologically speaking, salvation begins with God's desire for us. But psychologically speaking, salvation begins with our desire for God. This desire, this longing, this seeking is Purpose - it is a desire, a longing, a seeking for Something Real - for Someone Real (despite what the modern world tells us).
"For the first step toward discipline is a very earnest desire for her," we are told (Wisdom 6:17), this "her" being Wisdom, or the chief gift of the Holy Spirit, and Wisdom being nothing less than intimacy with God Himself. "Then," the book of Wisdom continues, "care for discipline is love of her; love means the keeping of her laws; to observe her laws is the basis for incorruptibility; and incorruptibility makes one close to God; thus the desire for Wisdom leads up to a kingdom."
In other words,
the first step toward discipline is a very earnest desire for her
a longing, an earnest upward desire, an Eros starts our journey.
Then, care for discipline is love of her
"Then" (meaning "after this"), the journey makes progress via discipline. Our care for discipline (suffering is a form of discipline) is an expression of this love.
Love means the keeping of her laws
Realizing that love has laws and that by con-forming to the Law of Love is what metanoia is all about ("And be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind" - Romans 12:2)
to observe her laws is the basis for incorruptibility
Incorruptibility is purity, sanctification ("For this corruptible must put on incorruption" - 1 Cor. 15:53)
and incorruptibility makes one close to God; thus the desire for Wisdom leads up to a kingdom.
"The benefit that you receive is sanctification and its end is eternal life." (Romans 6:22)
This is how God has designed it to work: desire leads to discipline leads to holiness leads to Him.
Contrary to the modern world, then, Scripture tells us that
1. Eros has a point while "safe sex" does not;
2. consenting to Discipline is an expression of Eros - which is to say you can't become a virtuoso pianist if you don't honor the fact that music depends upon the metronome;
3. this Discipline teaches us to follow the objective Laws of Love, though the modern world tells us that nothing in creation obeys any fixed law, especially human nature and certainly not love; and
4. by conforming to these Laws our Love becomes pure or perfected (contrast this with the modern notion that love is just an itch you scratch);
5. and since "perfect love casts out fear" (1 John 4:18), we are lifted above our petty selves and brought to true happiness, which is heaven, the face of God, the purpose of our existence.
Now I've got to get back to reading funny articles on Cracked.