The Jesus People stopped by the other day. They wanted to know if I was interested in learning the Plain Truth. When I didn’t immediately respond I was told that ever since the sins of Adam sentient beings (such as myself, I guess) have found themselves in a downward spiral away from God, and, being lost, attempted to find meaning on their own, their egotistic hubris leading them down dead end paths of misunderstanding and away from the mysteries of life and God’s purpose for all. They told me all I had to do was appeal to God to reveal himself to me and I would then be in possession of the Plain Truth; just don’t over-think it.
I responded that I was cognizant of an essence outside myself, an ineffable aspect alive within and without nature that I recognized nourished my imaginative being allowing access to infinite possibility. It provided a truly positive beauty I thought about and nurtured daily through meditation and community with nature.
Well, we found ourselves at a standstill; they clearly saw me as a lost soul heading south and I was pretty sure I didn’t want to travel their road no matter what direction it was going. They walked off hoping, I suppose, for a more favorable response from my neighbor.
But the thing is there was no animosity present in our exchange maybe because we, on some level, recognized a kindred sense of common pursuit. We’re all searching for the ineffable, just taking different paths. Hooray for pluralism.