I always think it’s funny when football rolls around and I start hearing both new and old coaches talk to the media.
“We have some young men out there who want to take the hill, whatever the cost.”
“You saw what happened last year. What I’m hearing this year is some guys who are tired of surrendering about mid-way through the 3rd quarter.”
“Let me put it to you this way: This year we already know something way down in our hearts … We know we will win.”
We are all about winning, climbing, achieving, performing, and being the best. Welcome to the capitalist west — win, climb, achieve, perform. I spent an hour last week talking for with a pastor about contemplation and solitude. As we talked, I realized that in some ways, that is about as revolutionary and counter-cultural as you can get.
I’m with Father Richard Rohr on this one:
When you don’t balance knowing with not knowing, you get into the kind of religion and politics we have today which is very arrogant, falsely self-assured, can never admit when it’s wrong, and can never apologize because “I know!” According to the great spiritual teachers, ignorance does not result from what we don’t know; ignorance results from what we think we do know! Anybody who knows, knows that they don’t know, especially when they’re talking about God! Medieval Catholic theology called this docta ignorantia or “learned ignorance.”