A lack of maturity?
Brian Sewell offered a few provocative statements in his review of a CD by recording artist Trevor Hall that warrant further consideration. (In The Jukebox: Trevor Hall, Nov. 29)
Mr. Sewell concludes in his review that mixing references to multiple religious paths renders a work awkward and superficial and ultimately indicates a lack of maturity.
The logic prompted me to speculate on how we go about pursuing a spiritual path and defining our progress. Is it a need to connect with and establish a personal relationship with whatever exists beyond our own limited consciousness or is it simply a case of aligning oneself with a particular human or institutional perspective and value system?
As one "matures," is the development defined logically through religious structure or the realization of one's place in a mystery that defies reason? As one samples the spiritual smorgasbord of pathways, the approach can be a process of elimination and rejection, or it can be an embrace of the commonality that sets us upon the search in the first place.
How we as individuals define that "maturity" reflects upon and influences how we ultimately view and treat other cultures and nations.