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The meditation says that everything is particular and beginning with the universal can be distracting, judgmental, and time wasting.  I'm certain that this can be true, but so can its opposite.  Half of this  meditation might be missed by non-Christians because of the peculiarity, the alleged uniqueness, the :"particularism" of Christian theology and doctrine.  Even a person like myself, who was a Christian, who has been close to Christian symbols all his life might lose his  way as he attempted to follow Rohr from Christianity to the Perennial Philosophy.

Yes, the particular is often is universal.  If you ask people who value their particular ethnicity why they value it, they all say the same thing;  Family structure and values, religion, cuisine, the comfort of a mother tongue.  The Greek values being Greek for the same reason the Turk values being Turkish.  The One god who demands their allegiance may seem to make different demands on the other shore  of the Aegean Sea.

If the particular drowns out the universal, as, it seems to me, it is inclined to  do. that which we share may be unable to overcome the deepening chasms among us.  Since i think i might be incapable of a Bader Ginsberg/Scalia type of friendship, i am trying to put my peculiarities (uniquenees. particulars) aside and strive for a more universal (global, inclusive) understanding of  things.

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