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Monday, February 13, 2006

On Deification

I remember in 3rd grade going home in disbelief that my teacher had self-esteem issues. "Surely, Mom, by the time you grow up, a person's learned to deal with other people."

She laughed gently and told me that self-estem is never easily attained.

But we all deify. And that's what I'd been doing to adults. I did it to KISS for a long time. And the concept of rock stardom. For a while, I think I did to sports. And later still to big business. And the media.

But it's all desperation in the end. And we all know it.

Wonder what I deify these days.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

it seems that the expectations we put on other people/things in deifying them are a reflection of our own instability. We want to believe in something being perfect: your teacher having self esteem, KISS being whatever it is you saw in them, parents divine wisdom. These ideals are what we bank on when we try to outsource our own foundation.

2/13/2006 08:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Maybe the reason that you think that it is "all desperation in the end," is because the object of your affection is misplaced... just something to think about throughout the night-watch (you know, those times in which you can't sleep).

Let the "surface stuff" be what it is and take your clues from your heart where the water of life runs deep and still beneath the day to day chatter that is always interloping. Then perhaps you will find purpose to work and play as opposed to desperation. PEACE

2/13/2006 08:52:00 PM  
Blogger ThoughtfulFood said...

"Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things." - Philippians 3:19

("Belly" obviously referring to more than food or even to other physical indulgences. This is speaking to our tendency to be self-oriented, physically-oriented, and "now"-oriented - with short shrift given to spiritual pursuits.)

2/14/2006 10:58:00 AM  

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