Thursday, February 18, 2010

The ZigZag Café

We will be convening here at the ZigZag café, Suisse, on Thursdays for conversation and dialogue. I invite you to stop by every Thursday for the question of the day. Your thoughts and participation are most welcome. Pull up a stool, avec un café, un thé, ou un chocolat chaud, et un croissant, and join in here on Thursday at the ZZ café.

For today:

Most unfortunately, I believe, we all too frequently today demand to be autonomous selves. What do you think might be one way of subverting such a trajectory?

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4 comments:

Sue said...

Kindness. Patience. Love. Real relationship. Catching a whiff of something better. Both as a pursuer, and as one pursued. Being caught in the wind of the God who pursues. Something better.

Greg said...

Sue,
Thanks. Those are excellent suggestions. Being pursued, love, and real relationship might counteract the demand, but do you think one could have these and still discreetly seek after autonomy?

Angela said...

Telling a larger story than ourselves through our
actions and words could be one way.

Pouring over our work as a gift to others, not simply back unto ourselves, could be another way.

Showing humility in serving, like Christ (Phil. 2).

Pursuing love of God and others above all, and
being pursued by this love, as Sue said, seems
right on as well.

We will do these things imperfectly. It seems it's
our human nature that demands autonomy.

Greg said...

Angela,
Thanks. These are helpful. In particular, being found in a story that is larger than ourselves seems a very pertinent way to lessen our demand for autonomy, which as you say may be part of human nature.