First, thank you for opening The Bible with me over the last several months and listening for The Big Story – our story.
I don’t think it matters where we go – churches, universities, movie theaters. . . . We are underestimating the importance of discerning and expressing our story. We’re quick to tell our stories, but for the most part, we’ve given up trying to articulate our shared story.
So, I’m grateful that I’ve had this opportunity, with you, to express what I consider to be the most faithful rendition of our story.
However, The Bible’s story is not the only rendition of our story.
I would like to share another brief telling of The Big Story in this post. It comes from a friend I’ve gotten to know as I’ve been blogging. My request for his aphilisophical rendition of our story puzzled him at first, but he was willing to give it a shot. And, he was willing to share it with you. His blog is called “Constructive Undoing”. I will also offer a link to his blog at the bottom of this post.
Here’s his understanding of The Big Story. Please feel free to offer your question or comment:
At some point human beings became/become conscious of being human
This consciousness soon came/comes through its own capacity or ability to an awareness of its separation from the world.
But the separation could not/ can not be overcome.
The overcoming requires some thing/ not thing, some separate-and-not-separate element to achieve the reconciliation.
Various means have occurred in consciousness for overcoming the discrepancy of self and world, thought and thing.
All this occurs with meaning, which is to say, knowledge. There is no manner of knowing, thinking, experiencing or acting that can occur without meaning, without knowledge, for the human being.
The various means of reconciliation all indicate the same operation of consciousness.
The various means likewise indicate particular meaningful strategies of negotiating the discrepancy, such as, ideological assertion and power, that do not, in fact, relieve the problem, but only perpetuate the problem.
The inability of ideological assertions to solve the discrepancy is denied in the functioning of the assertion; this denial thus manifests reality as a problem to be overcome always in the future as some great reckoning.
The future, as well as the past, is a present manifestation of meaning in knowledge. The reconciliation only occurs in the present.
Link to “Constructive Undoing”: http://lancek4.wordpress.com/