“A Long Obedience in the Same Direction.”

It’s a Nietzsche quote.

The essential thing ‘in heaven and earth’ is . . . that there should be long obedience in the same direction; there thereby results, and has always resulted in the long run, something which has made life worth living.

It’s the title of a Eugene Peterson book on “the Psalms of Ascents”.

And if Bono gets his way…

…it might become a tattoo on his arm.

I suspect that Bono’s interest in that quote stems from his friendship with Peterson, rather than any affection for Nietzsche. But whatever the case… it’s interesting.

It’s also interesting that Bono has called the next U2 album “Songs of Ascent.”

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About Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet has two passions: writing fiction, and celebrating art — music, cinema, photography, literature — through writing and teaching. He is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” — Through a Screen Darkly. And his four-novel fantasy series, The Auralia Thread, which begins with Auralia's Colors, was published by Random House. He speaks at universities and conferences around the world about understanding art through eyes of faith. He is earning his MFA in Creative Writing at Seattle Pacific University, where he has worked for 11 years as an editor, writer, and communications project manager. His work has been recognized in The New Yorker, TIME, The Seattle Times, IMAGE, Ravi Zacharias International — and Christianity Today, where he served as a film journalist for more than a decade. He recently began a weekly column called "Listening Closer" for Christ and Pop Culture.


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