The Mystery of Love and the Delight of Life
by Timothy Lusch
A Stranger at Home
Signposts in a Strange Land by Walker Percy
If you have never wondered why we are here and what life is all about then you are probably at home in the world. But if you have a sneaking suspicion that on your very best day, this cannot be all there is, Walker Percy is your man. A man with a worldly inheritance of money and a legacy of family suicides, Percy was confronted at a young age with what this life is and how to live it. After getting through medical school, Percy contracted tuberculosis from a corpse. This left him unable to practice medicine or do anything else but rest and recover for years. Deprived of distractions, Percy squared off with the most unsettling questions of life. Author of famous works such as The Moviegoer and Love in the Ruins, it is in Percy’s essays that we discover his answers to our questions.
“This life is much too much trouble, far too strange, to arrive at the end of it and then be asked what you make of it and have to answer, ‘Scientific humanism.’ That won’t do. A poor show. Life is a mystery, love is a delight. Therefore, I take it as axiomatic that one should settle for nothing less than the infinite mystery and infinite delight; i.e., God.”