Gospel of flow

It’s easy to under appreciate that Scripture describes the activity of the faith though states of joy: exalt, rejoice, praise, give thanks, bless, blessed, alleluia, etc. If taken as a stage direction or a public performance, this is a matter of personality and taste. Some folks enjoy public enthusiasm and others don’t. The universal scope of the faith therefore demands it means something other than this. It has to mean what is now called flow or being in the zone, i.e. those states which, though we can repeat them daily and without guilt, time flies by. If I could do anything, I’d probably teach Plato to interested students while sitting in the wilderness of Ontario. Give me that, and I’d find even sleeping or weekends a burden. The faith claims to be that, but for everybody. 

The whole religious claim of the Church rests on the assertion that we were made to do what she proposes, and one can’t do what he’s made for without experiencing the joy of finding himself and his niche in the cosmos. Even after we allow for setbacks, bad days, periods of ennui, the distorting character of bad habits that need to be purged out, and the difficulty in forming new habits, the Church must be claiming to provide a fundamental fulfillment, and not just from a pie-in-the-sky promise.

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1 Comment

  1. GeoffSmith said,

    September 28, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    I’m trying to write a short book on the seven virtues and I was thinking of putting some information about flow in the chapter on prudence. The research on that state is very interesting.


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