Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Hard and easy

Reading various books over the last few days, watching my way through season 6 of Buffy, journaling and striving to set aside time on a daily basis for prayer, Bible and reflection. All of which has lead to me finally realising something I aught to have worked out a long, long, long time ago: life is hard.

We get taught that its easy, that we just need to yearn for the stars and believe; and it'll all come together. But it's not and it won't.

Life is hard; and until we wake up and smell the perspiration, we're bound to end our days empty, unfulfilled, and wondering how we were cheated out of our birthright.

Of course, we often hear from wise sources that life does actually involve some toil and heartbreak; but for some reason that escapes me, we always seem to run back to our soft lives and buy into the comforting lie that we have somehow 'arrived'. We all know that anything worthwhile in this life requires work but rarely, it appears to me, do we actually embrace that fact and seek out that which is worthy of our life's work.

Don't get me wrong: there are people out there who achieve their desires, who have vast ambitions and are able to muster the drive to succeed in those ambitions. But how many of those who achieve greatly are driven by fear, or pride, or an overweening self-interest? While there are, by the grace of God, true altruists out there, the majority of people are either A) driven by their pathologies and demons to do 'big things', or else B) are unable to get a grip on this thing called 'life' that seems [as demonstrated by the poor tortured souls in category A)] easy, but actually requires more work than their comfort-induced apathy will allow them to do.

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Maybe this is just a first world problem. Maybe it's just my problem. I don't know. Nevertheless, if life is hard and not easy, then it is only by embracing the truly difficult things that we are alive - and not merely using up oxygen.

(Now if only someone would teach me how to do the hard stuff; 'cos it's, you know, hard!)

Friday, 9 March 2012

Philosophy of schema

[Taking a break from readings]

I've been wondering about the nature of philosophy lately; trying to determine it's form and function. Thinking about it, I guess doing what I'm doing falls into the category of 'meta-philosophy'. Hmm. Interesting.

Anywhom, here's what I've come up with so far:
As we think, so we attempt to act. Philosophy then is a mode of thinking whereby we contemplate the world in a certain light and then strive to live by that light.
Additionally:
If philosophy effectively takes the form of a schema used to organise and filter experience, then an application of the rule of truth (i.e. anything truthful, if studied enough, eventually leads to God) would suggest that there is an ideal schema or 'habit of mind' for the Christian walk.

Not a lot, I know; but it raises in my mind the question of whether a Christian schema formally exists? If so it would have to conform not only with how Jesus operated on Earth, but with how God's character is portrayed in the rest of the Bible as well--such that someone using the schema would find themselves actually following after Christ's likeness, rather than wandering off somewhere else (i.e. down the road labeled 'heterodoxy').

Another question that leads from the first: if said schema doesn't exist, would it be worth attempting to create one?

Thursday, 8 March 2012

Progress

Weee! Progress! :)

Okay, not a lot of progress, but things are moving - which is a start. I've finally added a number of pages as tabs up the top ^ and I think I've settled on what umbrella-topics they should cover. For the moment anyway. Most of the pages are either boring or useless atm, but the plan is to fill them out over the coming weeks/months and then try to keep them up-to-date.

Life has been interesting this past month-and-a-half; not all bad, but definitely not all good either. I've started uni once more and hope to make a good run of things this time having finally straightened (or at least begun to straighten) out a number of the things that I have been allowing to undermine my efforts in this field. Maybe more on that later. For now, however, back to study.