A Trip Down Thinking Lane

Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes
(Turn and face the strain)
Ch-ch-Changes
Don’t want to be a richer man
Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes
(Turn and face the strain)
Ch-ch-Changes
Just gonna have to be a different man
Time may change me
But I can’t trace time

David Bowie

Changes

By eating an apple and reading Becoming Human by Jean Vanier I created a perfect storm of thought.  This particular apple had two bruises on it, and I began to reflect on the nature of people as I cut them away. The other day, an old friend of mine asked me about the best way to eliminate the pain of bruises on her kness from volleyball. How are these two ideas connected, besides the obvious reference to bruising?  When people are injured they generally take steps to repair the damage.  Most people also avoid eating the bruised portions of an apple.  It’s in our nature to avoid the pain and challenges in our lives.  Vanier’s discussion of the role of pain in life begins with the notion that pain and chaos are inevitable.  He writes that the world is constantly changing and it is our ability to cope and create order that defines our level of happiness.  I would argue that it is the bruises in life that most clearly demonstrate the composition of our individual humanness.  As great as an individual’s life may seem, they are carrying some variation of pain, depression, and/or insecurity generated by the ups and downs of life.  Can they really overcome the problems in their life by cutting them out?  I would guess that the real answer is working through the problems in life.  I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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