Sunday, September 16, 2018
Spirituality Study Group notes
I was the first to arrive at 8:43am for our Sunday meeting! Ten total participants gradually coalesced. We discussed further into The Book of Joy:
SUFFERING AND PAIN!
Judy reflected about how to see God's will in the universal problem of life suffering and pain, e.g., if one had a 45 year old brother acquiring Parkinson's Disease, or the difficulty of adjusting from being an intellectual snob to take care of a mentally retarded child.
Shock red Carolyn decided that it'll take a long time to understand The Book of Joy's message. She didn't buy into the idea of Nelson Mandela's 27 years long suffering in jail having spiritual value for him to become South Africa's first black president. Rather, his tribulations were not necessary to learn and grow in God.
Day vividly agreed! An existential atheist (like Jean Paul Sartre) would problem solve more convergently towards a solution for suffering, unlike trans-rational Christians. (Please see the article -> How Christians approach the problem of evil)
KIND AND GENEROUS!
Rose questioned, how do we make those small choices to be kind and generous?
Carla noted that the Dalai Lama winced when being kissed by Desmond Tutu on both cheeks. Raised in the Tibetan monk tradition, he wasn't used to being touched. Rather, physical touch is natural in relating with another human. Joy comes from our interconnectedness and relationships, opposite of narcissistic self-care. Right now, we have so many individualistic media channels that cater to one's own vantage that the skill of relating to another is being lost.
For Next Week: Read up through page 78.
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