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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Intent and Purpose

At least at first, this blog will primarily concern my spiritual life, and my walk through issues of faith and conviction. This is not an area that most people talk freely about, which for me, right now, is rather unfortunate.

So this blog is an outlet for me, a place to reveal it all, and let the chips land where they may.

Maybe it's just me, but I find that most of us have many different faces. For various social and personal reasons, we only show a certain face to any particular person. For instance, there's our work face, our family face, our neighbor face, our acquaintance face, our buddy face, our close-friend face, and so on. There are bounds to who we are and who we are expected to be and we quite often submit to these bounds. To various degrees, they shape who we are at any given moment.

I'm not talking about duplicity or hypocrisy, but just the natural tendency to conform to expectations.

Some readers will object, and say they do not follow this pattern. They are always fully themselves. I applaud and admire that.

Other readers might note that this is all just normal. Certainly an acquaintance at work or the gym doesn't want to know everything about you, not in the same way a close friend or family member does. I agree, and wish to note that it is those closest to us that I'm mostly talking about.

So for me, hopefully this blog will help me to foster a more open approach to life. You see, there's been something amiss in my life for quite some time, and I'm sick of it, and I'm done with it, and I need to fix it.

1 comment:

cl said...


First-time visitor here, I saw a comment you left at Evangelical Realism.

I like how you note that people's masks aren't necessarily always signs of duplicity or hypocrisy. Some things are just better left unsaid.

If you don't mind, I also thought I'd say a bit on the comment you left at ER. I would respond there, but I tend to get into it with some of the commenters and in the interest of progress I'm laying low at the moment. You said,

"Once I realized that momentous events, such as divine revelation and miracles, immediately turn into hearsay and faith in men, there’s just not much left."

Would you say that must be the case for all momentous events? If a momentous event happened to you, such could not be reasonably described as hearsay or blind faith, right?

Anyways, hello, and some good posts you've got over here.