Thursday, September 29, 2016

Team Treebeard

On taking sides...
I am not going to do anything with you: not if you mean by that “do something to you” without your leave. We might do some things together. I don’t know about sides. I go my own way; but your way may go along with mine for a while. … Wizards are always troubled about the future. I do not like worrying about the future. I am not altogether on anybody’s side, because nobody is altogether on my side, if you understand me: nobody cares for the woods as I care for them, not even Elves nowadays. Still, I take more kindly to Elves than to others … And there are some things, of course, whose side I am altogether not on; I am against them altogether: these —burárum” (he again made a deep rumble of disgust) “— these Orcs, and their masters”.
Treebeard in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Two Towers

Merry and Pippin had just asked Treebeard to say which side he was on.

This is one of my favorite quotes from The Lord of the Rings, and it is the inspiration for the name of this blog, specifically the part about being pretty sure that "nobody is altogether on my side."

Everyone wants other people to join their side.

Many people assert that "you're on the side of X if you don't do Y, or do B, or don't denounce T, or believe Z, or read V."

Their binary thinking insists that you be on a side that they define. They usually only imagine that there are but two sides. 


Don't let them do that.

I'm on the side of the Kingdom of God. I'm on my family's side. Those two are clear.

And, like Treebeard, there are clearly those things which I am resolutely against, altogether. 


This blog will explore those things, for and against.

Let's assail the gates of hell.


1 comment:

  1. love the quote! And I am lusting after that LOTR leather-bound edition.

    Like an ent I'll have to ruminate on the rest for a while :)

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