Sunday, June 12, 2016
What does it mean to be "The salt of the earth?" I used to think that my spiritual life is supposed to flavor the world somehow. But now I think that it means "Don't blend in." Don't become part of a crowd. Salt does not melt into anything it touches. It is still salt, even as it flavors. When I become part of the crowd I subject myself to some common denominator, and this is the slippery road to mediocrity. I start to think, "If everyone is acting this way, then it must be OK." "I am just one person. I cannot do much outside the group." "I feel safe in the group. Past practice guides me." The group tends to snuff out courage, martyrdom, and ultimately truth. I suspect that if you look at religious institutions or spiritual paths that claim a founder you might very likely find that the founder never founded the institution that claims him or her. Just because something is done for a very long time by a whole lot of people does not make it truth or right, or transforming.