Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Persons transform Persons

Although I am formulating thoughts on "how information becomes transformation," I must finally disagree with that simple assumption. Yes, information can get our attention, and is usually a necessary first opening; however, we are seldom personally "transformed" by an idea or a new piece of knowledge, unless it is also connected to a person or a relationship. Persons finally transform persons into persons; ideas only rearrange our minds. This is why the monotheistic religions insist upon the Being of God being "Personal" and not just a force or an energy or a law. It is also why we deeply need one another to grow up. We are a shared life, and so much so, that there is no life at all if we are not in communion.

Richard Rohr