By Oswald Sobrino, J.D.; M.A. (Econ.); M.A. (Theo.); M.L. (Master of Latin), doctoral student, University of Florida.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Doing the Right Thing With No Guarantees

Steve Jobs - PlacardImage by The Seg via FlickrA friend of mine recently posted a quote from the late Steve Jobs to the effect that in life one can see how the dots connect only in hindsight, not beforehand. That is a very biblical message. Abraham, the paragon of faith, is said to have gone out from his native world without knowing exactly where he was headed. Yet, he must have sensed that the departure (in Greek: exodus) was for the better. The people of Israel enslaved in Egypt followed Moses, hoping for the best. The Bible is full of instances where steps are taken with the best of hopes but with no tangible foreknowledge of what exactly will come next--something our risk-averse, micromanaged, ego-obsessed bourgeois world detests in its mania for planning and controlling.

In many ways, the lesson is to live in the present, not to neglect the present, but rather to enter the present and act for the best within the present, even if we do not see a clear "pay-off." If you pierce the present, given to you now, with that which is the best possible, then the dots will take care of themselves. Yes, that is an act of faith. But, as Habakkuk said, the just shall live by faith. And, if justice can be said to involve giving reality its due, then those, who give the reality of life and its potentialities what is properly due to them, will indeed live by faith.
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