“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 departed the Patheos network in order to escape click-bait advertisements that were offending him and his readers. He will re-launch Looking Closer at lookingcloser.org soon. He is the author of The Auralia Thread, a four-volume fantasy series that begins with Auralia's Colors, and a memoir of "dangerous moviegoing" called Through a Screen Darkly. He teaches creative writing and film studies; speaks internationally about art and faith; served as Writer-in-Residence at Covenant College; and is employed by Seattle Pacific University as a project manager, copyeditor, and writer.


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