Awaking to Goodness

As Richard Rohr points out in the passage below, it is easy to see that which is corrupt in our society and world.  Certainly such vision and expression are vital. However,  we also need to see the beauty.  Why would Jesus have bothered to try to heal anyone if he did not see the inherent goodness in those who came to him?  We must see, celebrate, and nurture the good.  Otherwise, how can we believe that God is doing the same for us?

We  are not so at home with the resurrected form of things, despite a yearly  springtime, healings in our bodies, the ten thousand forms of newness in every  event and every life. The death side of things grabs our imagination and  fascinates us as fear and negativity always do, I am sad to say. We have to be  taught how to look for anything infinite, positive, or good, which for some  reason is much more difficult.

We have spent centuries of philosophy trying to solve “the problem of  evil,” yet I believe the much more confounding and astounding issue is “the  problem of good.” How do we account for so much gratuitous and sheer goodness  in this world? Tackling this problem would achieve much better results.

Adapted from Immortal Diamond: The Search for Our True Self, pp. x-xi

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