Thursday, October 26, 2006
Going Deep Within
Socrates said "the unexamined life is not worth living." Within the university, students and professors scrutinize every possible aspect of our universe--from the billions of galaxies to subatomic particles, electrons, quarks--but they assiduously avoid examining their own lives.
In the wider world, we keep hectically busy and fill every free moment of our day with some form of diversion--work, computers, television, movies, radio, magazines, newspapers, sports, alcohol, drugs, parties. Perhaps we distract ourselves because looking at our lives confronts us with our lack of meaning, our unhappiness, and our loneliness--and with the difficulty, the fragility, and the unbelievable brevity of life.
Pascal may have been right when he observed that "if our condition were truly happy we should not need to divert ourselves from thinking about it... the sole cause of our unhappiness is that we do not know how to sit quietly in our room."
Perhaps the reason we find it difficult to sit quietly and examine our lives is because doing so makes us anxious. But until we examine our lives, we can do little to make them less unhappy and more fulfilling.
Dr. Armand M. Nicholi, Jr. from The Question of God: C.S. Lewis and Sigmund Freud Debate God, Love, Sex, and the Meaning of Life (Simon & Schuster)
Question: Have you done a "heart check" lately to find where God is looking?
"But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart."
1 Samuel 16:7
(On the Road Again photo. See flickr.com for restrictions on use.)