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The Daily Dharma – September 23, 2021

Fragment of Ancient Sculpture Photo by Victoria Strukovskaya

Continuing from The Naked Now . . .

Fundamentalism suffers from the same false seeing. It is basically a love affair with works and ideas about God instead of God himself or herself. But you cannot really love words; you can only think them. You cannot really love reality with the judgmental mind, because you’ll always try to control it, fix it, or understand it before you give yourself to it. And usually it is never fixed enough to deserve your protected gift of self. So you stay on Delay, Stall, or Pause forever. We see this fear of intimacy in most people, but in particular with men, who tend to have a more defined ego structure.

Richard Rohr
from The Naked Now; Learning to See as the Mystics See
Chapter: But We Have to Make Judgements, Don’t We?