Creative Destruction – Reaching for the Real
The idea of Plato’s Groove is creative and musical with the feeling of good jazz or R&B. It is philosophical in that it seeks truth or answers or even better questions beyond the curtain of the Wizard. It is spiritual for that is the energy of existence. It is that in which we live and move and have our being. It will endeavor to speak to the flow of creativity, a pull on the Soul toward truth and meaning and purpose. Answers to the questions of the heart, that which motivates the quest, and ultimately satiates desire, all are metaphors for the unique groove or flow our souls seem to seek, even yearn for. I come at Plato a bit indirectly and claim no real expertise except that which I know from my own experience. His cave analogy and rough ideas around the Real that exists and calls to us here in this shadowy and generally undefined existence are the hooks I hang such thoughts on.
"To have faith is to trust yourself to the water. When you swim you don't grab hold of the water, because if you do you will sink and drown. Instead you relax, and float.
What I am really saying is that you don’t need to do anything, because if you see yourself in the correct way, you are all as much extraordinary phenomenon of nature as trees, clouds, the patterns in running water, the flickering of fire, the arrangement of the stars, and the form of a galaxy. You are all just like that, and there is nothing wrong with you at all."
Brother David Steindl-Rast OSB (born July 12, 1926) is a Catholic Benedictine monk, notable for his active participation in interfaith dialogue and his work on the interaction between spirituality and science. At present, Brother David serves a worldwide Network for Grateful Living, through www.Gratefulness.org an interactive website with several thousand participants daily from more than 240 countries and territories.
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