TL;DR Version? Be mindful of your words, be they written, spoken, or thought. Do not abandon your words, but do not inscribe your understanding too tightly within the domain they circumscribe. Realize the generative capacity of words but root that capacity within the rich soil of creation. Or, you know, don’t and enjoy the flurry of clever little parasites that will buzz through your life and flash through the lives of all those near you. Life is life, after all.
An observation Alexandra made in a recent post struck a chord with me, in no small part because I have been thinking about a similar issue from a different direction. I’ve been thinking, again, about Simone Weil’s observation in the 1940s that we seem to be missing a lot of the context for the Bible. She suggests (and I generally agree) that something happened between the initial revelations that motivated it and its codification that left Christians with a much poorer sense of the Bible’s mystical dimensions.