“Before the problems of the church, it is not useful to search for solutions in conservatism or fundamentalism, in the restoration of obsolete conduct and forms that no longer have the capacity of being significant culturally…
Christian doctrine is not a closed system incapable of generating questions, doubts, interrogatives – but is alive, knows being unsettled, enlivened. It has a face that is not rigid, it has a body that moves and grows, it has a soft flesh: It is called Jesus Christ.” Pope Francis
Evil exists…some days more blatantly apparent than others. The endless struggle between good and evil is a cross-cultural theme woven through our beliefs, religions, arts and social discourses for millennia. Our collective human history documents the recapitulation of good vs. evil. Seems like we’ve mastered thriving on the bad and the ugly.
Sometimes I imagine focusing more attention and intention on the good, the kind and the beautiful.
I wonder what it looks like to inspire, improve, do better, try again or forgive…
I imagine what it sounds like with less destructive thinking, fewer fearful feelings, less reaction and revenge…
What’s it feel like to master survival and enjoy happiness?
Clearing out some mind space for clarity, tolerance and compromise.
Filling in more heart space with compassion, mercy and forgiveness.
Today, I attack less and listen more. What do I got to lose?