Acting as If

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Let’s ask in what sense it is benevolent and productive to “act as if ” we are spiritually empowered. Consider what it would be like to be at the next rung of the ladder, that is, what would our increased responsibilities be to others and to ourselves. Then with perspective, let’s play at being a little better than we currently are. Put a better foot forward, not to be seen, but because it is a wonderful life-affirming thing to do. In fact, we are always projecting ourselves forward, aspiring to be and act somewhat better than we are. In the right way, this is healthy. We are, in effect, calling ourselves out, engaging in an affirmation intended to move us toward the future. So what would it be like to begin to engage in the next level of work, the next wider sphere of responsibility, the next greater circle of love? What would it be to practice, to engage in life with the next greater step of purity and clarity? Why wait? Act as if.

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2 thoughts on “Acting as If

  1. This is in reality what the life of the Christian should be. To make a commitment without growth and change is a shallow commitment. I have been reading a number of your posts. They are so very interesting and they ring a bell in my heart in their similarity to the teachings of Jesus. Am I just seeing this or is there truly a similarity?

    • I’ve often felt some resonance between my sense of things and the expressions of many modern and ancient writings. We humans, in our search for truth, have been compared to bees gathering honey from many flowers.

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