There are some things that are difficult to describe to others. Some things, nobody is going to get, no matter what you say or do. There are some ideas that one has to suss out for oneself.
If you have read some of my stories about dreamtime meetings with alternate or past selves, you can tell I am a believer in life being a journey, not a destination. There is nothing wrong with giving someone a little nudge though, in the hope it changes things a little.
As I say, they were nice young people, intelligent enough to know when their time was being wasted. I do not suspect what I had to say (including a history lesson on the New Testament by the way, something they obviously had no idea about) had any influence at all on their thinking, but they did get me thinking. Perhaps God (or was it my muse Aadi?) does move in wondrous ways.
These young salespeople represent a disturbing subsection of society for me. They are those who think that for everything there is a single truth, and if we can only find it, we don't need to think anymore.
One Answer for every Question.
Sounds pretty boring to me, but you knew that about me already didn't you? :-)
The interesting thoughts, by the way, were
1. how happy I am to be someone who doesn't twist myself into knots anymore trying to be who others think I should while at the same time, am happy to accept that others have the very same right to be themselves,
2. how I recognize myself as one who cannot resist an opportunity to apply a strategic nudge.
I'd love to know if one of those young women takes the time to research the history of the New Testament.
I have a BA in religious studies. I always enjoyed talking with the people on campus who were trying to recruit others to their faith.ReplyDelete
I remember one time in particular when someone asked me if I really knew who Jesus was and I began a conversation regarding the historical Jesus course that I was in. They got kind of upset with me. Apparently the Jesus I was learning about was not the Jesus they wanted me to know about.
In my studies I learned that I like just about every religions texts but that I hate how humans go about practicing their faith.
Absolutely agree that religious documents and the ideals they represent are often the very best part. It seems when people invest themselves with the need to defend their religious beliefs it changes things.Delete
Well said, Nadine!ReplyDelete
Definition of my faith is 'My way of life'.ReplyDelete
I live it - I don't push it on others - no need to defend it.
A faith you are living is the only kind that makes any sense isn't it?Delete
Seems to me a famous spiritual person once was quoted saying "You will know them by their fruit."
Not something to defend or prove. It is who you are. Wonderful.