everything belongs pg 78

December 28, 2005

Everything BelongsThis entry is part of a series of significant thoughts from Everything Belongs, by Richard Rohr. See the entry entitled Everything Belongs Reflections for more info.

The private self is clearly an illusion largely created by thinking. My life is not about me. I am about life! That’s why the Bible is a social history. We’re part of a much larger mystery. Don’t take this private thing so seriously. The primary philosophical and spiritual problem in the West is the life of individualism. Individualism makes church almost impossible. It makes community almost impossible. We’ve overdone this notion of the private self; it has become the only game in town when it’s not the game at all. I need to recognize that I’m in a river that is bigger than I am. The foundation and the flow of that river is love. Life is not about me; it is about God, and God is about love. When we don’t love, when we don’t experience love, when we experience only the insecurity and fragility of the small self, we become restless.

Not sure I can add any of my own reflections to this one. Of course, just the fact that I feel a need to do that kind of proves his point…

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