Danut draws my attention to a dialogue “between two extraordinary people of our time” respectively Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu. “God is not Christian” I read at some point.
I only read about them, nothing by them. The advantage of having well learned and informed friends such as Danut is that I can make an opinion about other people through them, saving the time and trouble to dig for information.
After reading their dialogue I am left with the impression that being great it is not (only) a matter of being well-known and appreciated but being at the same time free of pomposity and having a child-like vanity.
Harold Knight another victim of my virtual(ly) compulsive stalking writes about the “evasion of one’s destiny”
I cannot resist both the subject and the style of his writing so I am happy to hear through him about the Jonah complex a concept used by Abraham Maslow an American psychologist. I conclude that it could fill some gaps in my understanding of why I feel the fear of failure creeping constantly in every spontaneous move I make. I have a suspicion though that the same complex can explain the opposite: for some people the fear is a catalyst for actually going in the opposite direction, not to the peak of their capacity but somehow beyond that. How one comes back from there is a matter of luck or destiny. Or maybe of right medication.
says in Guardian that “The spiritual itch is a deep one in the human psyche, for those who feel it. To scratch without the support of others might lead to an inner obsession that spirals out of control.”
He is following in the article “Spiritual, but not religious? A dangerous mix” some leads starting from “a study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry. Michael King of University College London and his colleagues examined 7,400 interviews with folk in Britain, of whom 35% had a religious understanding of life, 19% a spiritual one and 46% neither a religious nor spiritual outlook. The analysis led to one clear conclusion. “People who have a spiritual understanding of life in the absence of a religious framework are vulnerable to mental disorder [dependence on drugs, abnormal eating attitudes, anxiety, phobias and neuroses].” The work supports evidence from other studies too.”
I feel a little uneasy knowing Mark Vernon opinion on organised religion from earlier posts. It makes the impressions that he is taking a slightly different path here.
But “Another finding of this work was that those who were neither religious nor spiritual had just as good mental health as those the religious. This contradicts a notion widely held in positive psychology that religion is good for happiness (though that positive correlation typically derives from North American evidence.)”, so things fall back into the place which is that of perpetuum questioning.
So God might not be Christian and is definitely not spiritual, but could it be that He has the Jonah complex? The way he handled the prophet for his big failure and lack of fear makes Him suspect of knowing something about it.