Friday, March 04, 2005

Why are we here?

Service from the heart is quite a bit different from service rooted in servitude, or service as an employment sector. Service from the heart, at least as I'm conceiving it, is several paces removed from the stuff of merit badges as well. Service from the heart is a function of self mastery. Service from the heart demonstrates a clarity of intent and purpose, because it is a service rooted in choice rather than compulsion or coercive necessity, whether from the inside (guilt, idealization, striving) or from the outside (draft, enslavement, economic circumstance). Slavery as an institution has given the notion of servants a bad name, kind of a guilt by association thing. While involuntary servitude is by all means an unjust condition, service is for me perhaps the most compelling explanation to the very old question, Why are we here?

2 Comments:

Anonymous Patrick said...

Service to what? If we all choose to serve other people, either directly or indirectly, there will be no one left to serve, so we must be here to receive the service of others as well, correct?

If serving others brings you satisfaction, than serving others is really about serving yourself, isn't it?

2:24 PM  
Blogger Gil :-) said...

Correct! See the post for Saturday, April 30th, 2005, "Giving the Gift of Giving."

There is more to the self than meets the eye! When we are "self"-serving in a manner that fosters our egotism, that supports the victim consciousness of one's petty time-and-place personality, or someone else's, then indeed we are barking up the wrong tree. However, when the self I serve is the higher self who I am, as opposed to the lower self which I am training, then I am aligned with the will of the source of all and serving this self of mine is a worthy service indeed.

9:02 PM  

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