How we live is influenced by what we value. What we value is influenced by what we have been taught and come to discover for ourselves. We are taught by those who go before us. Otherwise we’d be ignorant savages, less than human. Ancestors pass on to us not only their experiences (“Don’t eat the red fruit, it will kill you!”) but also their wisdom. They pass on to us who they have become which in turn informs us as to who we are. We are part of them. This has been true for me in my formation as a monk, in having been a disciple to my Abba. So we are the sum of their lives and of our own choices.
In an odd way it is not that I am choosing Hawaiʻi but that Hawaiʻi has chosen me. This attraction to
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