Become Who You Are!

In a sensibly perceived reality where things seem to be individual, it is important to to evaluate the experience of the acting self as more than an individual, capable of identification with the Source of all things. The Source of all has been revealed to us as a triplicity of Persons Who are not individuals but Relations to each other known as Father, Son and Spirit. The are one God (not “make up”)  because one cannot be without the other. No Father, no Son; no Son, no Father. We derive our understanding of “person” from that. So instead of individuals, we,  created images of them, are persons  who are always more than they (we) appear. And so, created, we have an ontological tendency to become who we are by giving the whole self away to the Other and others. We are never who we are unless we are on journey out of ouselves, If not, we are in misery.

Walker Percy realized this when he was jolted by watching a fat cat dozing in the sun:

“As he sat gazing at the cat, he saw all at once what had gone wrong, wrong with people, with him, not with the cat – saw it with the same smiling certitude with which Einstein is said to have hit upon his famous theory in the act of boarding a streetcar in Zurich.

As he sat gazing at the cat, he saw all at once what had gone wrong, wrong with people, with him, not with the cat – saw it with the same smiling certitude with which Einstein is said to have hit upon his famous theory in the act of boarding a streetcar in Zurich.

     “There was the cat. Sitting there in the sun with its needs satisfied, for whom one place was the same as any other place, as long as it was sunny – no nonsense about old haunted patches of weeds in Mississippi or a brand-new life in a brand new place in Carolina – the cat was exactly a hundred percent cat, no more no less. As for Will Barrett, as for people nowadays – they were never a hundred percent themselves. They occupied a place uneasily and more or less successfully. More likely they were forty-seven percent themselves or rarely, as in the case of Einstein on the streetcar, three hundred percent. All too often these days they were two percent themselves, specters who harely occupied a place at all. How can the great suck of self ever hope to be a fat cat dozing in the sun?[1]

But the human person is never fully who he is until he spends himself in making the gift from within, and when he has spent himself into  the destruction of himself  for another, in the present finitude of his existence, he will have become himself, which is the Himself of the Creator Redeemer. This is the phenomenology of Christianity. as the meaning of all religion.

[1] Walker Percy, “The Second Coming” Ivy Books (1980) 12-13

 

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