Sunday, September 26, 2010

CONVENTIONAL MIDDLE


The notion of a serene middle ground is, to me, quite dangerous

When I wrote the following poem, I was thinking that I don’t want to come to the end of my life having protected myself, insulated myself, isolated myself from the real hopeful and painful world.  I'm convinced that the most dangerous spiritual and cultural place in America is “the conventional middle.”  It only seems like middle ground.  It only appears to be safe.  It is, in fact, a place of tepid compromises based on suspicions, fears, and herd mentality.  So, hang appearances.  Shake loose illusions and creature comforts.  The invitation—the challenge—is to move to the edge of faith and discipleship and the fullness of living today.

The conventional middle
resists change.
It is a safe place
for now.
It counts on eventualities
and references everything
by how it may impact
me.
It fears more than
it believes.
It surrounds itself with
symbols of assurance
and mistakes dutifulness
for obedience
and pleasantness
for joy.

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