Sunday, 18 February 2007

Imprisoned in Ourselves

A perennial peril for those who are of peculiar temperament or skill lies in the perceptions that grow about them in social circles. A bright young child, for instance, gains a reputation as being intelligent. Or an eclectic visionary gains a reputation as being exotic or eccentric.

This is fine and well, in as much as this reflects truth and leads not to haughtiness. It is, however, often the case that this social perception becomes a role. The person is expected to act in a certain manner and fashion, hence the peril: I must act in such a way, because I must sustain this aura of prowess, of 'specialness', of 'otherness'. Such thoughts are, of course, not conscious, but they eventually come to a dim light as one progresses in prayer, especially silent recollection.

This is hypocrisy, and we must face and slay it in ourselves if we are to become whole.

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