As I was digging into Pseudo-Dionysius I went to Chicago for business. I met with Cress who is a good friend from Denver and we chatted over lunch. We shared stories and I told him some of my immediate impressions of Pseudo-Dionysius’ work. As we discussed the Divine Pattern that each of us can choose to follow or choose to ignore in favor of our individual egos, he shared the analogy that many Christians have come to associate with the term ‘sin’.
For most of human beings, we don’t roll out of bed in the morning with a daily plan to wreak havoc and destroy others.
We all want to run around fixing other people. We want them to be happy by our definition and expectation. As we get older, we see our friends and family make the same mistakes over and over, repeating the same patterns of behavior again and again. We hear them tell us their dreams and hopes yet when the rubber meets the road, they fail over and over with the same problems. We celebrate when we see them escape a terrible relationship and then watch them as months go by and they dive right back into a similar relationship. It is as if they are damned to repeat their mistakes and as good friends we want to help them…
Words are cheap. Nobody likes a salesman. Be happy, generous, and healthy.