Dimension of Depth
According to the Protestant theologian Paul Tillich, man has lost his desire to answer deeper question. People today live in the horizontal, skimming across the surface of life, rather than more deeply exploring the vertical. Flying along the top, simply getting ahead, man thinks he is happy, but he is not. He turns everything into a tool for getting ahead, so much so that he himself becomes a tool. On the surface, man finds superficial religion (as in, being Christian in name only), a simple nature he tries to control, and no meaning of life. On the vertical, if man chooses to explore this dimension, man finds a complex, wonderful natural world, religion that shadows his moral compass, truly guiding him through life, and the meaning of why he is here. A major issue is that the church pushes religious stories as literal, rather than symbols, so man’s reason causes him to deny it. If Tillich used the term Knight of faith, his would be the one that is always questioning. This theory was written about forty years ago, before the advent of cellphones, Facebook, Twitter…. now, with that technology, the words are truer than ever. People use texting to avoid deeper social interactions, and turn technology into the religion that controls their life.