Grits and Tamales

Life in the Deep South, by Gabriel Aguilera

On Faiths

The answer to the question, “What does it all mean?”, does not have an answer. What is important is that we ask it every single day and wrestle with the competing and contradictory faiths that exist in our imagination. We construct faiths for everything to keep ourselves sane. Together these constitute a particular system and it is important that we understand our faiths within it; how they work together (or not); and the de facto priority that we give each rather than the hierarchy that we desire. These faiths can include, among others, work, leisure, love life (or lives), families, intellectual pursuits, health concerns, or faith in God. It’s important, I think, that we take control of these and order them lest they order us. We must be consciously aware of why we privilege one and not another. A great poet once referred to custom — habit — as a monster. It is indeed so and this is precisely why we have to wrestle with the question of what it all means every single day. Only by so doing so explicitly can we order faiths correctly, according to our priorities, and establish the habits and practices to support the particular system and outcomes we desire.Image



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