Thursday, March 2, 2017
Desire is a pre-given part of who I am. Its expression can be constructive or destructive, but this does not explain its existence. I am not in control of desire, but merely something of its outcome, as it’s already there before I am conscious of it. If this is the case, it’s one more nail in the coffin of the prominent, but wayward proposal of being a self-authenticating self, which attempts to found itself as the final foundation of meaning and knowledge. A more accurate hermeneutics of self is one that takes into account the truth that I am a mediator of that which precedes me; that which is given, and that my accountability is connected to what I do with this, not to what I make it be in the first place. For example: to desire is not a choice, but what to desire is. Thus, this portrayal of selfhood should make room for the transcendent and in doing so ultimately open up a very real signpost to God.