On display

Charles and I have a recital tomorrow night. I love the singing. But I
hate putting on the "ego" .. Or... maybe I love it, but am ashamed at
my desire to be the best... fine line there.

Why is it that most americans have so little regard for anything fine,
refined, or requiring great discipline to achieve. I get the whole
"free spirit" idea. Am I just part of thinking stemming from another
age. I believe that God made me carefully and whole, and intended for
me to be exactly who I am. I am a singer, but I am so much more. Why
must we lock ourself into the cultural expectations all around us.
Even the church, today's institutional church, seeks to stereotype
us.. WHY? Why isn't each individuals value apparent to every other?
Why must we put ourselves on display, and "Ridi pagliacci" (play the
clown) The cycle seems so vicious. I logged on to the church
website and.... verse of the day..

Finally, brothers, whatever is true,
whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is
lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or
praiseworthy--think about such things.

Philippians 4:8

Is it that simple...?


aw said…
Why is it that most americans have so little regard for anything fine,
refined, or requiring great discipline to achieve.

Don't give up... there is still some of us who appreciate the finer things in life.

Take for instance a beautifully handcrafted piece of furniture; I can look at something like that for hours thinking of how the craftsman put it together.

Or, take someone like yourself. I distinctly remember getting "chill bumps" the few times I've had the opportunity to hear you sing.

I think that the reason why many people don't have a taste for anything fine is because those same people are to tied up with themselves to consider that there are other things in life that are beyond themselves and their capabilities.

asp said…
I am so proud that as Americans, we have the right to pursue fine things, rough things, or even nothing. When I feel down about the lack of fine things, I am comforted by my freedom to choose, and I become stronger in my own values and more am more willing to share what I know.
Jeff Prillaman said…
on the choice thing....my point was to address why people tend to not "choose" the finer things in life.. are we doing something wrong, missing some boat(as a society that is), Is this a metric which reflects on our society as a whole.. I think choice and the free spirit are important.. but shouldn't we be instilling a desire to constantly better ourselves.. to be the best, to get better.. more on that in a soon to come post...

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