ENTHEOS, PART III. . .

Greenleaf continues and writes:

…I believe to be some valid tests, some indicators that there may be real growth of entheos.

 First, two paradoxes; a concurrent satisfaction and dissatisfaction with the status quo.  One is not so unhappy with his current level of achievement that he can’t live with himself.  Neither is he so pleased with it that he has no incentive to break out of it. 

 Then there is a concurrent feeling of broadening responsibilities and of centering down.  One is constantly reaching out for wider horizons, new levels of experience and at the same time the idea of “This one thing will I do” is in the ascendancy.

 There is a growing sense of purpose in whatever one does.  The idea of purpose becomes important.  …the most penetrating and disturbing of all questions, “What am I trying to do?” becomes a constant query.  One never loses sight of this question.  Yet, paradoxically, in order to become purposeful, none must also be purposeless.

 There are changing patterns and depths of one’s interests.  Old interests to which one was once attached drop away and newer and deeper ones take their place.  Choices must be made.

 Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I –
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference. –Robert Frost
 

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