Could not John the Baptist who went into the wilderness also be called a deserter from unbearable social conditions – a deserter from a place where the soul is sending distress signals?
Human needs are not tameable.
Jesus called John the greatest human being ever born (MT 11.11). He is some- body who calls on us to stop and urges us to profoundly look into ourselves.
John, in Hebrew „Jochanan,“ means „Lord (JHWH) is merciful.“ This name clearly expresses that birth is recognized as a gift.
Through breath – through the word – the experience of our everyday life is crystallized. By way of constrast: living water from the sky and movement coming from the source.
Universal life. A More Complex Reality.