Over time and through a variety of paths, we experience the external world as more and more global in scope. We consciously or unconsciously seek to align it with cosmic principles, based on a variety of motivations. Paradoxically, it is the urge to -morph Well, to perceive and heal other-ness, that also puts us at risk. When the underlying principles are poorly framed, we internalize distorted and injurious perspectives.
If natural goodness is a cosmic principle, it must encompass (all) humans. Humankind is an integral, though not indispensable, part of the cosmos. If the image you carry of your "place in the world" is overwhelming, confused, always in flux, fantastical, or microscopic, your cosmic lens may be dirty or broken.
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"Lovingly to hope all things is the opposite of despairingly to hope nothing at all. Love hopes all things – yet is never put to shame. To relate oneself expectantly to the possibility of the good is to hope. To relate oneself expectantly to the possibility of evil is to fear. By the decision to choose hope one decides infinitely more than it seems, because it is an eternal decision." -- S. Kierkegaard, Works of Love
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