From The Garden of Earthly Delights
by Hieronymus Bosch
The Prado, MadridThe Iron Maiden
Perhaps we can't be blamed for this collective failure. No one really wants to suffer; yet if we want to outgrow the (at best) adolescent impulses which rule us, we have to.
No tree grows strong enough to prosper unless it is shaken by the wind.
Lee van Laer is a senior editor at Parabola Magazine.