Affairs of the Heart–Walls

  According to HackneyToday (issue 296 3 December 2012):  “Newington Green Unitarian Church has become the first religious building in Hackney to be approved as a venue for civil partnerships.”

I have no partnership.  Neither civil nor uncivil.  Poor me.

Writing in the 18th century, Mary Wollstonecra...

Writing in the 18th century, Mary Wollstonecraft is often hailed as the founder of liberal feminism. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The heart is a walled in place that cannot be accessed by beatings, bangings, flatterings, flirtings, riches or penuary.  It is a sealed enclave of love, tenderness and life.  Its walls cannot be breached by those naturally unwanted.

The walls of the heart is one yet myriad.  First there is the Familial Wall; placed there by birth and unchangeable. 

There is within that, what I call the ‘I’ Wall. This wall is started at conception and developed during gestation.

Then there is the Experience Wall.  This is developed over time and like walls in the physical world is sculpted and designed and redesigned until we have the finished product which is incredibly hard to alter, will withstand that which it is designed to keep out even if it takes a battering.

Depending on the experience, which is guided by teaching, this wall can be impregnable in some cases.  Some may chip in places, some may crack but the Experience Wall that is securely constructed in sound teaching will not even be scratched by the fiercest bombardment.

The next wall is the Wall of Friendship or the “Contact Wall”.  This wall is made up not of experience and teaching, but of close association and shared likenesses.  It too, once finally set and developed cannot be shaken, as its foundations are solid historical fact.  It is an intertwined, or somewhat plaited, wall, which, like wet hemp is flexible but totally strong.

The wall most relevant to the HackneyToday article, is the Fellowship Wall. 

This wall is meant to be the highest wall as it overshadows and permeates all the others.  This wall is the only thing which can shake  and/or redefine the others.  It cannot however, do so without the consent of the ‘I’ Wall as it is determined, i.e. constructed, by the ‘I’ Wall; strengthened by it and aligned to it at its central foundation. 

Conversely, the ‘I’ Wall is itself determined, or finds its determination, in the Fellowship Wall.  It is itsef strengthened by it and aligned to it. 

The Fellowhip Wall is more flexible than the Friendship Wall, but differently so.  It may circumvent, pass between, enclose, or exlude the other walls and/or that which lies within them.  It is equally as strong as the ‘I’ Wall and bears its identity. 

A Civil Partnership is a Fellowship.  A Fellowship of an order with which some may still not agree, but at heart a fellowship nonetheless.   Whether these partnerships will stand the test of time is moot.  Not all so called traditionally accepted partnerships stand the test of time. 

What does stand the test of Time is Unity.  What unifies is Fellowship. 

Fellowship is that unifying Wall which holds us within our heart’s domain.

English: Close up of a heart with arrows on on...

English: Close up of a heart with arrows on one of the walls of the cloister of the monastery of Malinalco, Mexico State, Mexico (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Maybe, just maybe, someone got something right in Hackney. 

But then, Newington Green is not Dalston Lane, is it?


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