Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Philosophy Club

Small minds trying ideas on: like clothes too large for us: like dress up. Playing and parading, taking on voices and discarding them, taking positions and discarding them.

The instense feeling of enormous meaning and frustrating meaninglessness to the discussions. The feel of something more important and the frustration with our own smallness in discussing it.

Imagination.

Hearing and being heard.

Speaking and not being heard. Being distracted. Blood pressure rising and falling.

Asking what did you mean? and realizing how little we know what we mean when we say anything.

Teasing and laughter. Conversations run and played over and over.

Quoting people with minds and writings far above our own skill to truly understand or imitate.



"What are you doing here?" one new student asked me after the meeting ran out of time. We had spent an hour running around the default conversation of what is meaning in atheistic existentialism. "I mean, as a campus minister. What are you doing in a philosophy club?"

A minister --ideally-- is simply one who has defined their work as engaging in human beings. Perhaps in an ideal world, we would not need ministers because we would all be ministers, all engaged in the business of caring for human beings as souls as well as bodies and minds. But for now, I'm a campus minister. Philosophy is the engagement with the writings and ideas and theories of men and women who have spent their lives asking why the world is the way it is. They are brilliant and profound and complex. But they are human. To engage philosophy is to engage in humanity. How in heaven or on earth is that outside of the bounds of a minister?

1 comment:

Kaitlin said...

"Perhaps in an ideal world, we would not need ministers because we would all be ministers, all engaged in the business of caring for human beings as souls as well as bodies and minds."

I was just thinking about this today. Ideally, our job would not exist. People would not have difficulty building relationships or connecting to one another. They would easily communicate and love. As it is, relating to people is arduous. Relationships take work and cultivation in order to grow and thrive.

I cannot wait until the day when relationships become simultaneously easy, relaxing, and enjoyable without so much effort. That's the way they were meant to be anyway.