When it comes to difficulties and tragedy in life, a question has always been on my mind: why does God not reveal apparently important things to us, especially things regarding terrible experiences that have the potential to emotionally ruin us? Why does God remain silent as to its meaning or ultimate purpose in our lives—people whom he has a loving relationship with? Didn’t he himself suffer on Earth with clear purpose? Shouldn’t we likewise be knowledgeable of the reasons behind our portion?
The father of western philosophy (i.e logical study of the spiritual life and its application to real life)
I was reading the Symposium (Plato) and I came across the speech by Socrates which has come to be known as “The Ascent.” I was absolutely astounded by his insight. I read a similar description of this concept long ago by another author I greatly admire — C.S. Lewis, who was talking about the same subject – love. The idea is that all objects of our affection, whether they are people, places, things, causes, etc. are all pointers to greater objects. Once experienced, they appear to be not as wonderful as you thought them to be — their reality comes crashing down upon you and it is no longer so beautiful a thing as you once imagined before you had it. Read the rest of this entry »