Law of Unintended Consequences

French philosopher and writer Jean-Paul Sartre pondered the inextricable way slave owners are tied to their slaves. You start a way of life and you cannot escape.

Thomas Merton writing in New Seeds of Contemplation discusses what happens to one who hates as that hatred of others turns inward and destroys the hater.

The spiritual formation point is awareness. Until we become aware of who we are and what we’ve done, our lives can continue to spiral down the drain like when emptying the bath tub. The comic point of Wile E. Coyote is that he doesn’t fall when he’s run off the edge of the cliff until he is aware he is standing on air.

Sometimes, though, the unintended consequence of our actions leads to something good, as Rich Dixon writes on Jon Swanson’s 300 Words a Day blog today, that he pulled to the side of a road while cycling discovering a perfect place for prayer.

Awareness can stop us before we get in that predicament. Sometimes awareness can cause us to appreciate what we’ve experienced. Therefore the daily pause in meditation to stop things and survey and ask God for forgiveness for our wrong choices and for guidance back on the path.

2 Responses to “Law of Unintended Consequences”

  1. Jonathan Caswell Says:

    LOOK OUT THERE…WILEY COYOTE!

  2. Jonathan Caswell Says:

    Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:
    A LOT OOF US TODAY ARE MAKING EMOTIONAL DECOSIONS WITHOUT THINKING OF THE POSSIBLE NEGATIVE CONSEQUENCES!

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