I find the poetic imaginary in this verse from kind of disturbing:
And a woman who held a babe against her bosom said, Speak to us of Children.
And he said:
Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.
You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you. 22For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.
You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.
The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite, and He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far.
Let your bending in the Archer’s hand be for gladness;
For even as he loves the arrow that flies, so He loves also the bow that is stable.
With "Archer" being a metaphor for the divine, why does He love for the bow to be stable? What does "stability" refer to here?
Also I don't know if it is the same in the original script or printed copies, but interestingly in the Project Gutenberg text the first "archer" is not capitalized while the second one is. Why is that?
The references of the arrow and bow are readily understood. With this question I am looking for something deeper. If we assume the target is a target of reproduction, what does "stable" mean in that context? The arrow has to hit the target because the divine wants the offspring to be "straight"? Straight how? That is kind of disturbing to think about. What would "unstable" mean then? I think there's more to this than meets the eye. Full of imagery with metaphorical implications worth scrutinizing.