Sunday, January 01, 2006

A new year, and a couple thoughts...

Its the first day of a new year and with it brings much anticipation for what this year will have in store.

I had the priviledge of hanging out with a close group of my friends, hanging out having a great time being together as the new year arrived. Dj was spinning up some tasty tunes on the decks, he is very talented. My wife and I played poker for a while with some others, and she did quite well, I was proud of her. There was dancing, silliness, good food and drinks, definitely the best new years party that I have been to. I love good memories, and making them with close friends.

Now to go a bit philosophical on you, a friend and I were talking and he posed a good question. Are humans altruistic? Is God altruistic?

1. Selflessness: an attitude or way of behaving marked by unselfish concern for the welfare of others
2. Belief in acting for others' good: the belief that acting for the benefit of others is right and good

Curious what your thoughts are on this.

As many of you know I have been reading a book Exclusion and Embrace. I read a bit a while ago that I really liked.

"Sometimes the dehumanization and consequent mistreatment of others are a projection of our own individual or collective hatred of ourselves; we persecute because we are uncomfortable with strangeness within ourselves. Others become scapegoats, concocted from our own shadows as repositories for our sins and weaknesses so we can relish the illusion of our sinlessness and strength."

"We exclude also because we are uncomfortable with anything that blurs accepted boundaries, disturbs our identities and disarranges our symbolic cultural maps."

Isn't it many times this way with Christianity? Is this how we came to draw so many hard lines about things, as a way of disguising our own sin, and helping us to accept ourselves, and our "sinlessness" or our "less-sinly-ness"?

Anyway things are good in life, I am hoping for a good year and wish all of you the best.


Blogger Josh said...

great thought. that we draw hard lines in order to create a "better than" perceived "me".

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