A Reason for Being

February 3, 2024 by Charlie Hedges − 2 Comments

The prime dread of the human condition is the terror of emptiness, of the absence of meaning, and of the empty space of our own death.” From a Maria Popova Blog

So… after a two-month break in blogs and podcasts I have resurfaced. Yes… two months of pondering and searching in some sort of “spiritual quest” to better understand the vast vacuum of meaning and purpose in everyday American life.

With consideration, prayer, discussion, spiritual direction, therapy, and Lord knows whatever other means of gathering wisdom and insight, I have come upon an idea of has been troubling me. The dreary quote above describes what I see as the American social angst which may be described as contempt for the institutions we have treasured for the last couple hundred years: religion and government and media. All the above have let us down.

There is Little to Count On

And adding to that mess is the growing distrust of authority. In fact, it seems to me that the most common issue troubling Americans today may be the disappearance of “Something to Trust.” Government officials seem to be self-seeking, mainstream media has become little more than groups of sycophants and evangelists, and religion feels sometimes preposterous and irrelevant. We are, by common choice, on our own.

I have a hypothesis. Humans need a genuine grand raison d’etre, which translated literally from the French means a “reason for being.” More than ever, the question alludes us… Is there more to life than mere success and entertainment and productivity and “getting my way?”

Of course there is. But what? Upon what can you Trust Your Life?

The Answer Is Found in Your Gut

In my continued study of the late medieval Christian mystics, I have come to discover the relationship between two primary modes of understanding: one is found in words and logic, the other emerges through the heart and offers a keen, yet often barely perceptible voice of wisdom. Words and logic inform us about an idea or philosophy, but through the heart we begin to relate to the essence of that idea or thought (or Deity).

Life-truths are limited by words. On his podcast Tetragrammaton, Rick Rubin says, “… language is imperfect, yet it visits us in our wild and curious imaginations.”

I wish to lean upon both.

My appeal will be to your heart. Sometimes through your head. And other times through mystery.

Welcome to the ride… I am honored by the gift of your presence on this journey. Let us walk each other to that new place of trust and inner confidence that each of us is a grand contributor on our pathways home.

A Reason for Being

The Search Continues

Photo courtesy of Ralf Geithe at istockphoto

 

From Four Quartets T.S. Elliott

In order to arrive there,

To arrive where you are, to get from where you are not

You must go by the way of ignorance

In order to arrive at what you are not

You must go through the way in which you are not

 

We shall not cease from our exploration

And the end of all our exploring

Will be to arrive where we started

And know the place for the first time.

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