I just listened to a podcast from the Art of Manliness that raises some extremely important thoughts and questions I want to share. Here goes:
How does the culture that we live in affect us in deep ways? All of us have fundamental assumptions that shape the way we think and act. Have we examined them? As humans we have the amazing ability to abstract our minds from what presently moves us, to evaluate or reevaluate our vision of reality and our reasoning in the light of new information and insights. With this power we can question the assumptions of our time and our personal prejudices and inclinations, and strike out on new paths offering better prospects and higher forms of happiness. This ability opens us up to transcendence, and ultimately to God. For there must be one thought, one love, that brings peace out of the conflict – meaning out of emptiness.
So what is the current worldview of the culture in which we live? What does it demand of us? Is it adequate for real living? Is it conducive for “the good life”? Is it a bondage? Does it help us or hinder us? Shall we strike out on a new path? What might that path be? What does finding it look like? Can it be found? Is there a God? As the Scriptures say, “God made from one every nation of men to live on all the face of the earth … that they should seek God, in the hope that they might feel after him and find him. Yet he is not far from each one of us, for ‘in him we live and move and have our being.'” God our Creator is near to us, and our very abilities to desire and to reason set us on a trajectory which, if followed, results in finding Him, and with Him true peace.
Do we ask these questions or do we distract ourselves? Do we lie to ourselves? Do we make a god of our bellies? Do we live on the surface or in the depths? Are we happy? These are questions I ask myself, because although I am a Christian believer in possession of profound answers through the person and teaching of Christ, I must still walk by faith; I have not yet attained to the vision of God. The Way is known but I falter on it. What must I do, how far must I go, what must I change to strengthen my feet for the Way, no longer to falter but to move forward boldly?
In case you want to listen to the podcast that occasioned this post, here it is: <a href=”https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-art-of-manliness/id332516054?mt=2&i=375889139″>https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-art-of-manliness/id332516054?mt=2&i=375889139</a>