September, 2022

Magnolia Plantation Bridges 01 04/27/2013 Oil Paint Rendered — Charleston, South Carolina
What does wanting know?
We know what we want,
but we don't know/care what we ought to want,
and we know know how to want what we ought to want,
even if we know what that is.

We cannot control our wanting.
We cannot control what we think is important,
and we cannot force ourselves
to change our mind
about what we think is important.
And we talk about "freedom of the will."
We can will what we want to will,
but we cannot will what we ought to want to will.
How free is that?

What governs our choices?
What is directing our desires?
What is guiding our boat
on its path through the sea?

How free are we to not do what we want to do
and to do something else
(What needs to be done, for instance)

How free are we to be who we need to be,
doing what needs us to do it,
what needs to be done,
whether we want to or not?


Published by jimwdollar

I'm retired, and still finding my way--but now, I don't have to pretend that I know what I'm doing. I retired after 40.5 years as a minister in the Presbyterian Church USA, serving churches in Louisiana, Mississippi and North Carolina. I graduated from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, in Austin, Texas, and Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. My wife, Judy, and I have three daughters and five granddaughters within about twenty minutes from where we live--and are enjoying our retirement as much as we have ever enjoyed anything.

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