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Monday, January 28, 2013

Hellish Obsession; Heavenly Balance

If you had to pick a torturous "fate worse than death," what would it be? (Serendipity Bible 10th Anniversary Edition, page 1080).

The first thing that comes to mind is to be sitting in a dentist chair undergoing an excruciatingly painful root canal constantly trapped in that position for the rest of my life. While this may not be the worst thing possible, it does help get to a matter that would qualify as a fate worse than death. And I speak of course of unendurable, unrelieved, inescapable pain. 

Interestingly, the opposite would not be desirable either. I also would not look forward to an experience of unrelieved and inescapable pleasure. Unrelieved, inescapable anything would be hell on earth in my book. Intermissions are extremely valuable and necessary. Addictions of any type never wear well.

This line of thought returns us to the age old concept that balance is key. One of the strongest arguments against pornography is that obsession with it can chain us to addiction so that there is no intermission from thinking about sex. So we find that even sex – an absolute essential for survival of the race – cannot be an unrelieved focus There is, after all, thankfully other work and play that needs to be done.

The listing of contrasts that are enhanced by balance are endless. I would like to take the example of "just the facts" versus boundless speculation. It is clear that problem-solving involves both facts and speculation – that some balance between them is necessary for progress.

Also subject to the need for balance is that contrasting cynicism and hope. For example, it is deadly to think that human nature is hopelessly and fatally flawed (cynicism). It is equally dangerous to think that hope alone is efficacious and there is no need to account for or consider the negatives of human nature

Let us pray for the freedom and peace that is only possible through having balance in our lives.

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