“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 is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” called Through a Screen Darkly, and a four-volume series of fantasy novels called The Auralia Thread, which includes Auralia’s Colors, Cyndere’s Midnight, Raven’s Ladder, and The Ale Boy’s Feast. Jeffrey is a contributing editor for Seattle Pacific University’s Response magazine, and he writes about art, faith, and culture for Image, Filmwell, and his own website, LookingCloser.org. His work has also appeared in Paste, Relevant, Books and Culture, and Christianity Today (where he was a film columnist and critic for almost a decade). He lives in Shoreline, Washington. Visit him on Facebook at facebook.com/jeffreyoverstreethq.


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