'Reverence' Chapter


Reverence is the practice of faith. Literally the practice, not the feeling. Faith is a very functional practice, and I am not referring to religion.

Reverence is the recognition that the sum of your life is greater than whatever part currently has your attention. Reverence is that sense of respect you have, and maybe notice most when you are in the “unknown”, but people give into egotism and begin to generalize what they “know” to every aspect of life. Is this sound reasoning?

Reverence is not in ideas, but in what they will make you do. Believe reverence is possible and you will act like it is.

“Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence.” Henry David Thoreau (American Essayist, Poet and Philosopher, 1817-1862)

“Always and in everything let there be reverence.” Confucius (China’s most famous teacher, philosopher, and political theorist, 551-479 BC)

“If a man loses his reverence for any part of life, he will lose his reverence for all of life.” Albert Schweitzer (German medical Missionary, Theologian, Musician and Philosopher. 1952 Nobel Peace Prize, 1875-1965)

Practice Of Reverence

Some people proudly declare that they have no heroes, and that they worship nothing. This isn’t necessarily a negative statement, but it tends to be short-sighted. They lie? Also true. Some people feel they are down to earth. I would… Seek More

Accept Reverence

Reverence has a complimentary attitude, irreverence. Our drive to reverence is not necessarily a drive to religiosity, and many people gloat at the idea that they are irreverent thinkers, that they hold nothing sacred. To paraphrase Jesus, “They know not… Seek More

Keeping Reverence

Too much like or dislike can be very narrowing and corrupting. It seems to lead to obsession, which certainly is unhealthy? A computer metaphor is in order. Dichotomous thinking causes fragmentation, which causes loss of moral integrity. Obsession blocks adaptability, and… Seek More

Honouring The Spirit

The topic is reverence, but perhaps it’s relevant. If you follow medical and genetic / neurological studies, it’s more or less been established that we are inherently creatures of faith. There have even been extensive studies on the relationship between… Seek More

Sum Of Life

Basic is pride. “I am better then the others.” To know where your life is going look at what you revere. We’re likely going after it? Good points. Self esteem is good, but often not as people practice it. If… Seek More

Separation From Spirit

Man does not live of bread alone, but of the spirit. Not of objects, but of the spirit behind them. There has been a huge loss of faith in religious leadership lately, all across the world and in many faiths.… Seek More

Life With Reverence

I’ve often wondered if laws are a stop gap compensating for the lack of insight because of how we have objectified everything. With no reverence we need laws? With reverence you could not disrespect your neighbour, and of course bad… Seek More