From My Bookshelf – Day 24

Even the most irrational orientation if it is shared by a considerable body of men (or women) gives the individual the feeling of oneness with others, a certain amount of security and stability which the neurotic person lacks. There is nothing inhuman, evil, or irrational which does not give some comfort provided it is shared by a group. The most convincing proof for this statement can be found in those incidents of mass madness of which we have been and still are witnesses. Once a doctrine, however irrational, has gained power in a society, millions of people will believe in it rather than feel ostracized and isolated.

Erich Fromm — Psychoanalysis & Religion (p. 33)

We all have to risk questioning where our thoughts, beliefs, and assumptions come from. We have to question our habitual responses to conversations that make us uncomfortable. We have to risk having real relationships with individuals and groups that expand our comfort zone.

If we hold the same assumptions at 40, 50, 60, and 70 years old that we held at 20, then we have failed at growing beyond our comfort zone.

I’ve heard it said before that we’re either growing or dying. I believe that to be true.

Life begins outside your comfort zone. Risk having a conversation with someone you know who thinks differently than you; but this time, have the audacity to believe they may have something to teach you. Then listen and prepare to learn something new.

Have a blessed day.

Peace and Love,

~Travis

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