Monday, March 30, 2009

Proper Ends (Goals)

How not to be a Turkey? (context)

Our society puts a high value on making and achieving goals. It's something that I like about American culture. The challenge of setting, striving for, and accomplishing a worthy goal is exhilarating. Lets do an experiment to see if you have the focus to accomplish the task given by this clip.

Goals have a dark side. Goals can mislead if they are not properly ordered. To speak like St. Thomas Aquinas, our ends need to be the good that we are truly seeking. The risk is overly focusing on things that will not really obtain what we are looking for. Like being too preoccupied to see the gorilla, there is a risk of striving for non-essential things that will fail to lead to where we truly want to go. Ultimately making you end up a turkey. So to end with a quote from Christ...

Be not solicitous therefore, saying, What shall we eat: or what shall we drink, or wherewith shall we be clothed? For after all these things do the heathens seek. For your Father knoweth that you have need of all these things. Seek ye therefore first the kingdom of God, and his justice, and all these things shall be added unto you. (Matthew 6:31-34)


Anonymous said...

for a change, this time round i cannot agree more with the essence of your post.

it means if u try too hard to indulge in pursue of your FEAR of dying and your GREED of immortality and the illusionary concepts of salvation, and injecting yourself with the drugs of faith.

u will end up missing the truth.

u will fail to see what is so obvious that faith in reality is a delusion and illusion.

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