|Spirituality and the car analogy||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Greg Mitchell (MITCHELLGsouthpower.co.nz)|
|Date: Wed, 18 Oct 1995 18:18:41 -0500|
I think one reason the spirituality issue is such a hot one in cohousing is it's fundamental significance to a lot of people. By this I mean, to extend the car analogy, that to a lot of people spirituality is not like an option on a car. Maybe spirituality is like the tyres on a car - how firm is your grip! Maybe it's like the air in the tyres - without the right amount you can have a pretty uncomfortable trip. Maybe it's like the fuel you put in the car - you can't go anywhere (except downhill) without it! Maybe it's like the raw materials that go into building a car - you haven't got anything to build the car with, without it. Maybe it's nothing to do with the car - it could be the road the car goes along. Maybe a road is too narrow for some - it could be the whole surface we move on. Maybe instead of a car analogy we could use an analogy which is based on any vehicle we use to go somewhere. Then maybe we could have the New Agers building a spaceship, the Menonites a submarine, the agnostics building I don't know what ... I do find it interesting how much passion the topic stirs up. I suspect that we do have an underlying spiritual aspect to our being and that in our current culture we are putting a lot of energy into avoiding it and paying more attention to other more material aspects of our lives. Except in co-housing of course, where this, among other subjects, is handled full on! Greg Mitchell, Christchurch, New Zealand.
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