I really do encourage feedback, and often the "negative" ones are the most helpful.
Hopefully you have found that to be true in your own life. If you haven't, I respectfully submit that you try it. Perhaps the criticism is right, maybe wrong, but either way you will be strengthened by doing the examination...Unless, of course, it is old, well traveled material, in which case you can refer them to the Frequently Asked Questions section!
Anyway....A couple weeks ago I was talking on the phone with one of my dearest friends, who also happens to be a member of TCOY. (And yes, I do like to talk to people, and I know that if I had an 800 number the phone would ring off the hook, sorry, but the # is (615) 773-6084.)
The conversation basically centered around politics, our reactions to them as Spiritual people, the role the Church has in commenting on it, that type of thing. And the most remarkable thing happened...Frankly I don't the dear person even remembers this particular part of the exchange, but it has proven to be a catalyst for major transformations in me.
I said, da da da da da, "...just like all this silliness in Florida." (The contested U.S. election, all that.)
And that was it. As I've said elsewhere about the lintscreen and cats and things like that, if you keep your heart and mind open you can, indeed, find truth anywhere and everywhere. And that one little question has proven to be absolutely essential in my life the last 2 weeks. I will explain why.
If you are going to drive to my house, but do not know where I live, there are 2 ways we can deal with the situation.
The destination may be the same, but the journeys are very different depending on where you start from. Some may need to travel north, some south, or east, even west. In fact, unless they start from exactly the same place, no 2 people will ever take exactly the same route to get anywhere!
This is a particular instance of the general principle of Point of View. Perspective.
And I know now with a clarity I have not had before, what I must do.
You see, all communication and teaching is a 2-edged sword, exactly like the "How to get there?" example I just gave.
You see, with the technology of the Web I simply cannot give one-on-one personalized instruction to every individual.
This is a very important point, and may seem obvious to you, but it deserves some comment. You see, for the first several thousand years of human evolution we only learned on a 1-to-1 basis. Fathers taught sons, mothers taught daughters, grandparents taught the grandkids. Try to think about this for just a moment. In such a society age is honored, because it relates to experience, which is knowledge, which is power and strength.
The next step was apprentice programs...learning from someone outside the biofamily, but nevertheless still one-on-one.
Then came classrooms. the one-on-one was broken, but still it was face to face and person to person.
And now? Oh, my friends.....One of the miracles of humanity is our adaptability...but how quickly we lose perspective with that ability...The strange, amazing fact is that now, through the Web technology, we have gone as far from the biofamily as is possible:
Family --> Apprentice --> Teacher --> Web
OK. So that is the reality. And we can deal with it. Being aware of it is essential, I think, toward a proper perspective...
Perspective? Oh yes...that ultimately is what it's all about!
In short, I will spend the rest of my life trying to do 2 things:
You see, one of the places I realize TCOY is weak is in its very strength...There is SOOO much here, that at present it is a jumbled-mass of seemingly unconnected ideas....A bit of The Name here, a bit of Christ there, a bit of cosmology, not to mention cats and lintscreens and all that kind of thing....We suffer, at present, from a wealth of riches.
But it does have a common thread...One which I can now communicate, and re-organize all of this material into one cohesive whole.
I seek your help...I look forward to the journey, as we start on
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