Just before the inauguration of the new year, I had a great conversation with my friend, Marlies, about how human beings are less and less able to compartmentalize, that is, live double, triple, quadruple (you insert the number) lives without suffering. To be healthy and not just normal (to play on the title of Georg Kuhlewind’s seminal — in my own life — From Normal to Healthy), we must begin to integrate all our compartments, concretize all our abstractions. When I became a high school teacher, I quickly realized that the life I lived outside the classroom was at least as important as what I did in the classroom, that really, there was no outside the classroom. I conceived of the Freehoodship as a lab and altar to experiment with and consecrate this new integral reality. Tomorrow, I begin mission #3!
integration trumps compartmentalizaton
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