The paradox with the devotion to God is that the more we seek Him and devote out lives to Him, the more outside ourselves we become, and in result, see everyone as valued, and seek to mend brokenness.
"The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak" - Matthew 26:40b
-I use this in my thought of individualism vs. community. Our 'flesh' is conditioned, or maybe born, with a will to be self-sustaining and self-supportive. It can be argued that our 'flesh' wants to be individualistic, but our spirit thirsts for others.
I make this rash jump in conjunciton with how most suffering can be linked to the detachment of humanity. One could say i am taking this verse out of context. The full verse is as follows:
"Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak."- Matthew 26:40
In context, Jesus at his most sorrowful and distressed time wants his disciples to pray, and seek instead of sleep.
As i think about this verse and try to apply to my life, i contemplate what i am falling asleep too. In conjunction with individualism, i would say that Jesus saying to watch and pray not to be tempted to be so self-centered and individualistic, and not to fall asleep to this culture. The 'flesh indeed is weak.' I do not see being an individual detrimental, but I do see being individualistic cumbersome: when seeking one's own desires above the others well-being.
The paradox furthermore, is through the devotion to God is to free the self, and become holistically human, that is to become our true selves, who God created us to be.
The challenge, and hope therefore, is not hide from the hopeless darkness, but to dive head first in the thick of it, with the eternal ounce of light provided.
Or as Bruce Cockburn (and the Barenaked Ladies) put it so elegantly , "gotta kick at the darkness 'til it bleeds daylight."