a personal and biblical reflection, based on Galatians 6.2-5
To bear or not to bear? That is the question.
To bear and not to bear. This is an answer.
To bear. To be present with others in the midst of life, ready to give and to receive one from another the gifts of who we are and what we have, helping others and being helped by others to bear up under the often withering weight of life in this world.
Not to bear. To allow others and ourselves the freedom to accept offers of help as they and as we will. To allow others and ourselves to assert responsibility for self, for they and we must live with the consequences of the choices they and we make.
 I write “an answer.” I believe knowledge, constantly unfolding, is infinite, impossible to measure or to limit. I also believe that knowledge is fluid; what is known capable of being interpreted differently at different times by different people and, indeed, succeeded, being supplanted by new, even ultimate discoveries. (In this latter regard, I think of the Apostle Paul’s proclamation in 1 Corinthians 13.8, “…as for knowledge, it will come to an end.” I also am reminded of that stanza in James Russell Lowell’s poem, The Present Crisis, “New occasions teach new duties; Time makes ancient good uncouth; They must upward still, and onward, who would keep abreast of Truth…”). Hence, I never dare to declare that I have the answer.