Thursday, March 22, 2012
What to read for today.
Chapter 25:Humility Against Despair
Questions for your personal reflection.
If you stopped living for yourself or on the human level and became humble in the manner suggested by Merton, what difference would that make in your thoughts, words or deeds? What relationships would be most affected? In what way?
Sharing with others: What caught your attention or provoked your thinking today?
Merton makes a good case for true humility, a state where a person can do great things without concern for “incidentals” like self-interest, reputation, or self-respect, a state where a person can graciously accept praise and then give it all away, keeping nothing back. But is this attainable? If it were, surely a person would be in a perpetual state of equanimity. They would be Christ-like or Buddha-like all the time. I do not think I am engaging in despair when I say that this is quite impossible.
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