Category Archives: The Confessions Of Saint Augustine

On art and voyeurism

“Although he that grives with the grief-stricken is to be commended for his work of charity, yet the man who is fraternally compassionate would prefer to find nothing in the others to need his compassion.  Only in the impossible event of good-will being malevolant could a man who is truly and sincerely filled with pity desire that there should be miserable people for him to pity.  There is a kind fo compassionate sorrow that is good, but there is no kind that we should rejoice to feel.”

This in the end was all mere scratching of the heart, “followed by sweling and inflammation and sores with pus flowing.  Such was my life, but was that a life my God?”