I was away for a week, so I haven't posted. The image is from my time away--in Missouri by the Castor river.
Then, this morning, I ran across this from Merton; somehow it fits better with my time away than with being back in "civilization," with its politics, its "lostness": "The great sin, the source of all other sin, is idolatry and never has it been greater, more prevalent, than now. Yet it is almost completely unrecognized precisely because it is so overwhelming and so total. It takes in everything. There is nothing else left. Fetishism of power, machines, possessions, medicines, sports, clothes, etc., all kept going by greed for money and power."