finding the familiar

One of the core spiritual, emotional, social realities I discovered over the years is finding what I actually like. That sounds simplistic, to be sure, and maybe it is. But, so, so few people actually live according to what they like as opposed to living according to what others like, or value, or say is fun. Cutting loose from the bonds of other people’s supposed preferences (for they might not like what they think they like either) is at the root of a life lived with imagination.

Why do I say this now? Because of this sentence I just read in Theology & Joy by Jurgen Moltmann:

But it may be that our eyes are opened to the truly familiar only as we become alienated from what is alienating.

So many of us are so familiar with what is alienating that we think that is what real life is like.

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