Beyond

There is nothing easy per se about the challenges to live meaningful lives.  We live in a time when the conversation around spirit is largely muted.

A recent NCAA football playoff trailer featured language of the spirit but in an entirely misappropriated way, stating for example “faith is trust in things unseen”, and “the fierce urgency of now” without I believe knowing or at least referencing that these quotes grew from the Bible in the case of former and Rev. Martin Luther King in the case of latter.  Our spiritual language … reserved to describe the game between Alabama and Ohio State.  A game serving as a paltry substitute for the deeper meanings of human existence. And I want to add … it was a really good game!  It just was not spiritual.  Just … a … game.

Brings up the question … how dead are we?  Can we choose life, a life beyond the reductionist dead end of self-referencing emotion? Can we choose life now even though “now” costs?

“You may be 38 years old, as I happen to be. And one day, some great opportunity stands before you and calls you to stand up for some great principle, some great issue, some great cause. And you refuse to do it because you are afraid…. You refuse to do it because you want to live longer…. You’re afraid that you will lose your job, or you are afraid that you will be criticized or that you will lose your popularity, or you’re afraid that somebody will stab you, or shoot at you or bomb your house; so you refuse to take the stand. Well, you may go on and live until you are 90, but you’re just as dead at 38 as you would be at 90. And the cessation of breathing in your life is but the belated announcement of an earlier death of the spirit.” (Rev. Martin Luther King)

Imagine 2015 as a year of thinking “beyond”  - beyond emotions to principles.  Beyond physical comforts to spiritual nourishment.  Beyond attainment to sacrifice.

 

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