I am this impossibility:
my oneness trumps the universal;
yes, I am not lesser but other.
God is not less than or subject to
the declarative demonstratives –
the one for all and all for one rules;
so too, I have union with our God
without the commandments placebo;
so too, Abraham is not condemned.
Some philosophers have made systems
that explain and justify our lives;
schemes based on the assumption that all
are the same; but, Abraham is not.
He acts absurdly, outside reason;
it is not beyond imagining,
but it is unimaginable.
Poor, poor Isaac, how can Abraham
be other than the universal?
Universals need not apply, here.
His sacrifice is a moment of —
faith not objectified by reason.
So, this test is not a heinous act;
his obedience to God is a
of the ethical. It is just like,
a horse being lead to water; but…
Abraham is not forced to believe.
This paradox can’t be justified;
either on the ground, or in the sky.
If Abraham rationalizes;
either the sacrifice is not made,
or he repents for sacrificing.
He’s chosen and takes a leap of faith.
By virtue of that absurdity,
Isaac remains his father’s son, and
Abraham neither kills nor saves him.
Thus, the melancholic Dane says, “I
admire him more than all others”