Saturday, January 12, 2013

"We're made for something more"

Christopher West writes in his new book Fill These Hearts: God, Sex, and the Universal Longing: “We are created for bliss, for ecstasy, and our hearts know it.” He discusses his ideas in an interview with National Review Online’s Kathryn Jean Lopez. West believes that we were created for a destiny of infinite bliss. He notes that freedom is a "tremendous gift and a weighty responsibility." He laments that
Today freedom has come to mean license to do whatever one chooses. It’s a notion of freedom that shirks all responsibility. If any choice is a good choice, all choices are ultimately the same, and no authentic “choice” exists — only whims, seductions, and addictions. It’s precisely the real existence of good choices and bad choices that makes choice something real, something weighty, something dramatic. We really only have three choices about what to do with our desire in this life: We will become either a stoic, an addict, or a mystic. The stoic squelches desire out of fear, while the addict attempts to satisfy his desire for infinity with finite things, which, of course, can’t satisfy. That’s why the addict wants more and more and more. The mystic, on the other hand — in the Christian sense of the term — is the one who is learning how to direct his desire for infinity toward infinity.
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