Does what we do in our everyday action and interaction count for good or ill?
I take the position that one person living with integrity makes possible a new way of being in the world. I believe this just as I believe a line may be extrapolated from a dot. It is the persistence in singularity that marks one for the purposes of God. The way is narrow and straight.
Those who have chosen to walk this narrow way influence every situation with the leaven of possibility for decision and purpose. This though we occupy no position of formal authority. Being in a room introduces light as we loose ourselves in the love of God.
I lectured on spiritual care with an entering year nurse class. We spoke of presence as the key component of competent care. The practice of care consists in being present with support and encouragement in the circumstance of some set of circumstances. I proposed that a momentary encounter at the bedside could have trajectory shifting implications. A student called me on this. How could a few moments of being with the other bring about any meaningful chance of change?
Serendipity seems the hallmark of spiritual liberty. Each moment in the succession of moments seems somehow opened to disclose it unique opportunity for preferring that which helps over that which hinders.
Buber notes that the whole diversity of being conspires to educate the human soul, to draw it forth to the fullness of its gift and calling. He goes on to notice the educator as one who participates consciously in the Holy purpose.
Each of us occupies a realm of influence. There we shine and cast shadow. There we are formed and reformed, by the critical concern of others walking with us along this opening way.
I was much encouraged by Kierkegaard's "Knight of Faith" reflections. The ordinary made extra-ordinary by a step beyond the limit of reason.
Living the most ordinary lives of all we make present at the heart of each moment opportunity for meeting, encountering and welcoming strangers met along the way. Gaining the benefit of differing perspective on common concern.
Socrates gives me hope. Doing little more than meeting interesting persons in public places he influences the whole of our western trajectory. His relevance today is astounding. All because he practiced the art of inquiry by which power may be called to the bar of reason.
He lived his experience with a critical concern for the means by which the good may be obtained. As a single one in the court of opinion he continues to hold his own against the rationalizations of power. The very idea of the good as a numerical value; a commodity!
Does our meeting here matter?