"Because you can be sure, my dear Crito, that misuse of words is not only troublesome in itself, but actually has a bad effect on the soul." Phaedo

Fight or Flight

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To this day, I have never walked into Mass because I wanted to.  I attend mass because of a sense of obligation, feeling that if I did not go, I would regret it.  This regret is not due to some threat that I would be condemned to eternal damnation but that I would miss out.  I know this is true because once I do fight the resistances instilled from my childhood – resenting being forced to go to some boring lecture with no guidance  – I participate with a full heart.  Once inside, I experience a love when I sing the songs, I feel an uplifting joy in the music and I strive to listen, really listen.  This means taking the insight and not just apply the knowledge of truth to the troubled world at large as if I am innocent of such charges. But that whatever I might find right or wrong externally is perhaps something I should apply to myself internally.

 

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