In the great Paul Newman movie, Cool Hand Luke, the primary line, repeated as the warden was beating him, was, "What we have here is a failure to communicate."
In A Course In Miracles, it is stated as clear as day that what we humans have is an "authority problem." It is written referring to symptoms of distress, "I have spoken of different symptoms, and at that level there is almost endless variation, There is, however, only one cause for all the them: the authority problem. This is the "root of all evil."" T-3.VI.7:1-3
Just as Cool hand Luke had a communication problem, we have an authority problem.
We humans think, and we have been told, that we have created ourselves. As 2 years old we say , "No! You're not the boss of me!"
And we insist as adults that God is not the boss of us and even that there is no God only myself to count on.
We can be silly, silly people. "Ridiculous!" as my 13 year old nephew, Caleb, tells me.
Indeed, ridiculousness abounds.
At our death, if not before, we will have to submit to a force far greater than ourselves from which we emerged and unto which we return.
In the meantime, we can continue to entertain our illusions.
The idea of the Perennial Philosophy of Aldous Huxley leads one to the idea that God is too big for any one religion. How is it that sometimes people outgrow their religion of childhood? James Fowler, among others, has mapped out a model of spiritual development. Osho says that a person cannot enter into a spiritual life until he/she rebels against childish religious beliefs. Notes On A Spiritual Life intends to explore deeper understandings of an authentic spiritual life.
Saturday, June 23, 2018
Do we have an authority problem?
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