|(Flowers, in my yard.)|
Here is some help for the clueless.
The Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard, in writing about authentic existence, distinguished between the aesthetic life and the ethical life. The former is inauthenticity, the latter is authenticity.
The aesthetic life is life lived for "the moment." An inauthentic, aesthetic person...
- is absorbed in satisfying their "natural" desires and impulses.
- is only concerned with their own happiness.
- believes happiness is to be found in externals.
- lives for enjoyment, on the surface of life.
- is an observer, a spectator, not a serious participant (like many in the church).
- has no real inner life; therefore, has no real self to offer to others.
- goes up and down with the choices and moods of other people. (How many "likes" do you have?)
- never accept responsibility or blame when things go wrong.
- are apathetic, indifferent, and unintegrated.
- are unable to commit themselves to any one thing. (For Kierkegaard, this is huge.)
- is concerned solely with ideas - intellectual systems that leave the person unchanged. (Is an imaginary "philosopher.") [Adapted from Charles Moore;s Introduction in Provocations: Spiritual Writings of Kierkegaard.]
Praying: Reflections on 40 Years of Solitary Conversations with God.
Encounters with the Holy Spirit (a book I co-edited with Janice Trigg)
I''m now giving attention to Transformation: How God Changes the Human Heart
Followed by... Technology and Spiritual Formation
Then, Linda and I will co-write our book on Relationships.