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. This is not how most Christians would answer the question, but rather most Americans in general. It seems that there is one prevalent over arching world view that I will try to address using the World View. I make a couple of observations that will fly in the face of a lot of Christian Americans too who have fallen into the subtle trap of seeking and pursuing what most Non-Christian Americans pursue. That famous Pogo cartoon was ringing in my ears while I thought through this discussion board and wrote my thoughts and observations – We have met the enemy and he is us. Lastly the great declaration of Nathan the prophet to David when faced with the story of another’s injustice Thou art the man. Questions.
1. How do we find happiness? – Money and power are two ways most people try to find their perceived idea
of happiness. Money makes people feel secure. It gives them the ability to purchase things and live in a life style that gives them a limited emotional happiness under the right conditions. It also gives them the second thing they think brings happiness which is power. Power gives people the ability to control. Control what they do and what others can do to them.
2. How do we find wholeness? – Besides being synonymous with happiness the thing that tries to bring
people wholeness in American culture is Self Improvement. This helps them develop a self esteem that hides, ignores or tries to fix the things they have gone through in their lives and how people have treated them making them feel less than happy and content. This is evidenced through the massive amount of selfimprovement and psychological books, TV talk and reality shows, and pop cultural syncretized Christian literature, New Age ideas of The Secret and karma, even some Christian ministers and programs feed this idealism of wholeness found within our self and the choices we make. The communication out in the world tells us we are not too bad and all we have to do is work through the bad feelings of inadequacy marking us through other’s behaviors and actions toward us. (Side note- I think the church has bought into this idea as well. I see this more and more in how we try to attain our own wholeness as Christians through self improvement. Adjusting our lifestyles to a more disciplined life. Thre, five, ten fifteen steps to being a beter mom, dad, child, boss, leader, pastor, husband, wife etc… Many authors tell us how to attain not mere goodness but greatness and Christian leaders gobble it up and teach these principles like they were inspired by God even subjectively backing up the teachings of these ideas by using the Word of God to justify the teachings of these books. The principles that are being taught by many of these folks have value but must not be considered inspired to the level of Scriptural truth.)
3. What goals are really worthy of pursuing? – Anything and everything that helps them attain the answers
and solutions to the first two questions. Many will go to great lengths to do this without harming or stopping them from trying to find and experience their happiness and wholeness. There are people who can show acts of kindness and give out of their wealth but it seems that there is no real philanthropy without a sense of what is in it for me or how it makes me feel or what effect will this action have on me, my wealth and standing in others eyes. Most goals people have are indelibly linked to the first two desires in the search for happiness and wholeness.
4. What is life for? To be as kind as possible to my fellow man/woman, and not to do terrible bad things. To
live a good life. This though is a conundrum and sometimes contradiction when it flies in the face of the true desire of most Americans in their pursuit of the American Dream of happiness and wholeness as it is perceived and pursued by us. They will try to live a life that is good as long as it does not interfere or harm their own emotional psyche.