“I think there really is a power to tune in on. It’s easy for me to call that power God.” Leonard Cohen On Using The Word “God”

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I think there really is a power to tune in on. It’s easy for me to call that power God. Some people find it difficult. You mention the word God to them and they go through a lot of difficult reactions, they just don’t like it. I mean that there’s certainly no doubt about it, that the name has fallen on evil days. But it doesn’t have those evil associations or those organizational associations for me. It’s easier for me to say God than ‘some unnameable mysterious power that motivates all living things.’ The word God for me is very simple and usable. And even to use the masculine pronouns He and Him, it doesn’t offend me as it offends many; so that I can say ‘to become close to Him is to feel His grace’ because I have felt it.

 

Leonard Cohen

 

An Interview with Leonard Cohen by Michael Harris. Duel: Winter 1969. Photo by Tony Vaccaro.

I am republishing selected posts from my former Leonard Cohen site, Cohencentric, here on AllanShowalter.com (these posts can be found at Leonard Cohen). This entry was originally posted July 8, 2010 at DrHGuy.com.

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