— Midweek Meditations:
thoughts, inspiration and encouragement
from ACF community members —
Sometimes encouragement – or the nudge one needs – comes from unexpected sources. I had such an experience some months ago and hope to share it with you.
Two or three years ago during Lent we listened to a podcast series by Jonathan Sachs. (Unfortunately he recently passed away.) It’s called “Morality in the 21st Century“ and deals with exactly this topic from a variety of perspectives. I really liked listening to all these interesting people in conversation with Jonathan Sachs. One of them was Jordan Peterson of whom I had not heard before and didn’t hear about him again until some months ago.
Then the omniscient youtube-algorithm decided to suggest something by Jordan Peterson to me and I thought “Hey, that’s one of these Lent people I so much liked listening to.” and tried the video and then the next and the video after that … I stumbled across many pearls and would like to show you one of my favourites with some comments:
- Click here to watch: “It’s a hell of a thing to call us a cancer on the planet.” Jordan Peterson
- (Ignore the name, I don’t know who chose it and don’t expect a nicely ordered speech.)
- Listen to it until 4:04 (now comes a passage that’s interesting and in a self-ironic way funny but does not contribute to the topic)
- Then go back to it at 9:47 and listen to it to the end
I so much like this defiant, strong attitude when he talks about an optimism that’s not naive. Sometimes a bit of defiance and anger about the right things can be much more energizing than pseudo-Christian meekness. Why not use this energy?
I also like his interpretation of the Abrahamic stories and how to successfully live in the strange land. May it encourage you, too.