by Rev. Reingard Knausenberger
Each month one of these world views will be expanded.
The Gospel of Matthew speaks of becoming like children. When Christ calls a child to him and places him in the circle of his disciples, he then points out a reality worth engaging with literally. “Whoever receives a child in my name receives me.” (Whoever, confident in my being, immerses themselves into the being of such a child will discover me in the child.
Matthew 18: 5
Realism as a world-view is as basic to all world-views as the young child is to the rest of its yet unrealised life. Still like a bud, holding the potential to open up and grow beyond what is at the moment, yet at every stage perfect, complete and authentic with no ‘hidden agenda’ or criticism involved. At the beginning of every human life realism is wrapped in innocence. Though this will change, we still retain this ‘child-sense’ throughout our lives, e.g. in an ability to face challenges with openness freely and directly…realistically. We are not asked to be like children, but rather to bring about new buds to flower in what is with this ‘child-sense’.
What do young children show us? Inquisitiveness, exploration with no prejudice, no pre-conception, no inhibition, exposing all the senses to absorbing untainted pure experience, with no fear and total openness. This is what is needed in order to face life with.tools to immerse oneself wholeheartedly in what is and engage with it.
Realism begins where the human being, in encountering the world, accepts and receives it as it is. Everything is approached with this initial unprejudiced openness, the outer as well as the inner phenomena. This is where all new creation begins. Where matter and spirit meet, revealed as two sides of the same thing. Where we meet the Genius of Realism, our Entelechie (as Aristotle coined it), our eternal Child: a being that carries its goal within itself.
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