Last week, I wasn’t able to put an entry in here for the reading due to illness. It looks like I wasn’t the only one sick, so I am going to cover pages 88 through 133 this week.
There are actually a number of points in this weeks reading that are worth discussion. But as I looked back over the chapters, there was one section I kept coming back to. I felt if we only remembered one thing from this weeks reading, this was it. From the section on Morality and Psychoanalysis:
People often think of Christian morality as a kind of bargain in which God says, “If you keep a lot of rules I’ll reward you, and if you don’t I’ll do the other thing.” I do not think that is the best way of looking at it. I would much rather say that every time you make a choice you are turning the central part of you, the part of you that chooses, into something a little different from what it was before. And taking your life as a whole, with all your innumerable choices, all your life long you are slowly turning this central thing either into a heavenly creature or into a hellish creature…
I think this is pretty significant. In every decision we make, we face choices that will result in us being more heavenly or more hellish. Some decisions may not have any real significant impact (do I eat the red apple or the green apple?). Others may have lasting consequences (do I return the extra change the clerk gave me?). The decisions we make lead us down one path or the other.
Sometimes we forget this in our everyday lives. Sometimes taking the easy way out is easier than doing the right thing. To make ourselves more heavenly, we have to do the right thing, even if it’s not the easy thing. If we have already made too many of the “hellish” decisions, we can start today with the “heavenly” decisions.
For Next Week: I am carrying over the reading assignment from last week. I am covering up to Book 4, Chapter 3. Have a good week.