Who Are You Becoming?
Philosophers ask big questions like:
What is virtue?
What is a human being?
How do you make human beings virtuous?
Are we free agents (the libertarian theory, which says we are rational agents who have the capacity to freely choose a course of action from among various alternatives)?
Are we determined (the determinism theory, which states all events –including moral choices– are completely determined by previously existing causes)?
Are we a little of both (the compatibilist theory, which argues that determinism is reconcilable with human freedom).
I know that we are products of our environment and I know we inherit proclivities from our families. But in the end, I am convinced we choose who we become.
Still, no matter what you believe, one at least should ask themselves:
After experiencing me, are people better or worse?
After experiencing me, do people have their humanity erased or enhanced?
Am I diminishing my humanity by my decisions?
How do I stop making decisions which diminish my humanity?
You have to answer questions #1-3
Here’s my answer to #4: by love.
What you love determines who you become.
Tell me what or who you love and I can tell you who you’ll become.
The Romantics believed love was everything, “the temple, the higher law.”
For the most part I agree.
Love gives us a name, a purpose, and a destiny.
But experiencing romantic love does not mean I will choose a life of virtue.
Only an eternal Redeemer's love can redeem us, change us, and enhance our humanity.
A Redeemer’s love changes everything.
Because eternal love does not die.
You can choose one or the other, or both.
But when you choose the Redeemer’s love,
You choose a new life.
You choose who you will become.
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