BlogEthics: Moral Engagement

   Can two walk together except they be agreed?

   Can two walk together in agreement if both are thinking?

   What happens when the little guy wants to get out of step with the big guy?

   Children, we call that last act “revolution,” by which we mean “rebellion with a high purpose.”

   Rebellion with a high purpose, like the American Revolution, is the direct result, often, of moral engagement. Moral engagement is a state of passion, out of which an idealist may coyly refrain from either side of an argument or actively take neither side or “revolve” from one “side” to another according to his/her conscience. He/she may seem to waffle, when in fact, he/she holds to his/her convictions without shift as the world goes mad around him/her.

   Moral engagement will not remain moral long without self-criticism. Side taking is often necessary but just as often amoral and not too seldom immoral. Self-criticism disallows side-taking as the final goal of a rebellion with high purpose.

   Moments occur in the lives of most people when, for a moment, their soul is open and one can see the truth of their identity. This is rare, to be sure, as most learn to hide the lustful gleam. As rare as it may be to let someone else look into the windows of the soul, it may be no less precious to see inside there for oneself. The double minded man is unstable in all his ways, the Book says, and forgets his image as he puts down the glass.

   Simply put, one must morally engage himself as he rounds the circle of life. What does he do from conviction and what does he do prompted by circumstance? Does he have that most splendid political adroitness, the genius to see up around the next bend? Or, can even human history be said to proceed in sequential stages?

   Imagine, then, a circle, again. The circle does not allow light in or out of its boundaries but only deepens the depth of the kingdom of light as it expands its own borders. Explosions occur in the circle itself, pushing against its arcing self, propelling objects against her. Still, the circle holds, expanding not for the sake of containment but growing quite because she does contain mighty forces. The circle cannot “explain” all the forces working on her, nor even “describe” them. Yet, the circle “comprehends” these forces, using their power to expand, while she maintains the integrity of her own shape by means of her own “conviction.” 

   What is it in us that helps us hold our shape when mighty powers explode within us? I think there must be two “things.” That is, there must be room to expand when our borders are forced outward. Then, there must also be something pushing against each part of our circle, equally, holding us “in round,” while we grow.

   This room to expand we most often call “the heavenlies.” The force holding us in round we most often call “God.” God, in love, beckons us into the heavenlies, while divine grace wraps around us, holding us in shape, symmetrical and so functional, but ever expanding.

   It is “God” after all, in which we live and move and have our being.




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