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(HUM 310) Journal #1: Where you come from... - Abadoss' Mind
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Wed, Sep. 5th, 2007 12:03 am
(HUM 310) Journal #1: Where you come from...

Describe the environment in which you grew up. Use these categories as a guide: rural/suburban/urban, poor/working/middle/upper-middle/wealthy, large family/small family, religious/non-religious, conservative/liberal. How has your environment shaped your spirituality? What has it made you more and less aware of? To what aspect of the “thicker life” do you want to awaken?

I grew up in an upper-lower/working class, highly religious, moderate, relatively small family. I say this mostly in hindsight, however. Thoughout my childhood - and even into my adulthood - those catagories were constantly shifting. To begin with, I and my family were much more conservative. With the departure of my father, a shift began toward the more liberal. Eventually, we settled into a more moderate view. To generalize my growing up, I would say that I lived with constant change. What this made me realize is that there are few things that I can take for granted or assume will always remain stable. Change is one of the few constants and, while I personally don't like it, I need to be prepared and able to not only survive change, but excel in it. I've also found that in order to ever have any sense of stability or support, I need to invest in things which are not - to borrow the words of Plato - of a lower, or less enduring, form. Granted, finding out what is or is not a lesser form is a constant struggle, but I've come to understand that the stuggle is part of the form. Anyway, in my experience with constant change, I feel that I've lost touch with what stability feel like. I'm not willing to start something that will not be lasting, so few things are started. In some cases, this may be projects or even relationships. I have a certain sense of whether or not something is going to last and I can't, in good conscience, ignore it. In truth, I have no definite way of knowing what is going to happen in the future. In some sense, by assuming the duration of something, I cheapen its potentiality. If there's anything that I would like to awaken, as far as the "thicker life" is concerned, it would be the ability to allow things to progress as they will and not place an expiration date on them.

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princess_mia
princess_mia
princess_mia
Wed, Sep. 5th, 2007 11:27 pm (UTC)

I cheapen its potentiality. If there's anything that I would like to awaken, as far as the "thicker life" is concerned, it would be the ability to allow things to progress as they will and not place an expiration date on them.
Very well said! I think that it is human nature to do so...


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