Wednesday
Oct072009

« Rohr On Identity »

I get daily meditations from Richard Rohr. You should too. He's given me much to ponder.

Question of the Day: Who am I, really?

The male psyche is normally fragile and insecure because it is based on overwhelmingly external and transitory criteria, a game which almost all men eventually lose. The poor male has to look good and he has to defend the honor of his bank account, his family, his race, his country, but all in reference to himself! His question is not allowed to be 'Who am I, really?', but only 'How do I look?'

That is precisely the opposite path from any authentic spirituality. Thus it was males who alone needed "initiation" in most indigenous cultures, and it was males like Jesus and Francis, who walked in the exact opposite direction.

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