The Four Quartets by TS Eliot
One of my favourite quotations comes from T.S Elliot; I never tire of reciting it:
‘We shall not cease from exploration,
and the end of of all our exploring,
will be to return from where we started
and know that place for the first time.’
It comes from the final part of his great reflective and spiritual meditation, ‘The Four Quartets.’ I encourage you to read it, or re-read it.
Perhaps now, at my age, it grows in resonance, it means more as my parents generation pass away. So what is this place we return to after we cease exploring out in the world?
I feel that we should return to our soul, as the world of form should hold our attention less as we get older and reflect upon our life.
My life has been dedicated to education in the true sense of that word: a ‘leading out’. I have been completely preoccupied with the mystery of what a human really is, with ‘human potential’. And, in these St James years, what do boys need to become good men of character? These are all big, enabling questions without easy answers.
These are questions that can be answered in words, but only through experience. They are lived truths in the moment, in the NOW. I will, though, try and explore them a little with you over the next few weeks, as we move together toward Christmas.