A Question to Ponder
So here is my ethical question for the day, a variation on one that I often have my students ponder and gnaw upon.
You have a deeply held ethical, emotional, political, etc.etc. (pick your poison) position/belief. It’s a core focus for your engagement with others, something that defines you and that you deeply cherish.
You have a powerful theophany with a Deity you adore more than all Others. That Deity directs you, in no uncertain terms, to take a position exactly opposite the one you hold, to give up your dearly held belief, to turn your world on its head, or, perhaps, to move to exactly the opposite side of the spectrum.
Like a good polytheist, you consult diviners, oracles and it is a true theophany. You pray and meditate desperately. Perhaps this theophany happens more than once. No matter what your diviners do, no negotiation is possible. You are being asked to change.
What do you do?
(i’ve been in this position twice with two Deities and after a few shaky nights and a lot of cursing and crying i did what They wanted. it was at the time devastating but i got over it and in the end things worked out much better than if I’d balked but not everyone is going to do that. I’ve seen people, colleagues I care about, in the same position who flat out refused. (the results of which are for them to tell not me).
So what do you do and how do you know to do it? People have been asking me privately a lot of questions lately about HOW to do devotion well, how I do devotion well. well, here it is. Dealing with things like this. I was talking about this, and some of the ethical questions I often chew on myself, with a friend this morning who said: you should post that. So here it is.)