virus: virus: Comfortable in one's own skin

virus: Comfortable in one's own skin

Sat, 20 Mar 1999 22:07:48 -0800

Eric Boyd wrote:

> To Reed, KMO, and Richard:
> I want to thank you guys for giving me an insight into a side of faith
> I had not previously seen -- to Reed for his "human" posts, his "lived
> in" faith; to KMO for the post on affirmations and the "it's who I am"
> paragraph; to Richard for "programming and purpose", two important
> watch-words.

Wow. You're most welcome, Eric, and thank YOU for "paraphrasing" what I said in a way that further develops the position I've been trying to articulate.

> I had already decided that authentic experience and
> self-confidence were important concepts, but I see now that where
> these two meet and merge is in faith -- not the dogmatic kind, but
> rather that which identifies individuals; that which explains
> who-they-are to themselves. In this sense, a strong faith is what
> makes people "comfortable in their own skin", as it were -- anyone who
> has met many good priests I think knows how that looks.
> That said, I doubt I'll use the word ("faith"), as it carries far too
> much baggage to be useful, and triggers quite nasty memetic responses
> in lots of people.

It does carry a lot of baggage, and I hope you can come up with a workable alternative. I suggested "phaith," but obviously that can only work in written communication.

Thanks again, Eric, and take care.


Not one of us knows what effect his life produces, and what he gives to others; that is hidden from us and must remain so, though we are often allowed to see some little fraction of it, so that we may not lose courage.

-Albert Schweitzer