Spirituality, fruit of walking, by Angelo Cannata

21 The taste of spirituality

Is there a taste of spirituality?

In the post 1 Why be interested on spirituality today I suggested, as an essential reason to be seriously interested in spirituality, the fact that we are inside it, it is part of the outlets of our age and our culture. In all honesty, I had also written that anyone, however, could find with no difficulty reasons to ignore it: not necessarily any part of our today’s culture deserves to the same extent to be cultivated and researched for. Assuming, therefore, that spirituality is an important part of today’s world culture, why should we cultivate it, among many other things that likewise circulate and may be the subjects of equal interest? The reasons of interest, at least apparently, rational (to cultivate it because it is a good thing or because it is a right thing) are easily demolished by a simple relativistic criticism. On the other hand, we also said that the essence of spirituality is not rationality, but experience; we therefore wonder whether the experience of spirituality contains attracting elements that are not reflection, but taste, pleasure, flavor.

In the search for a possible taste, however, we will need to remember that it can also be vitiated or lost; humanly it can happen to find taste for what destroys us, as it can be, for example, smoking. It follows that walking for a spirituality, for which we try to also find a taste, must consist, among other things, also in an education of our taste to what appears at present most valuable and constructive to us.

Another motivation similar to that of the taste is constituted by the fact that educating ourselves, in addition to creating in us a connoisseurs taste, also creates sensitivity, i.e. being able to be aware of things for which otherwise we would be blind; things that from certain points of view, especially the point of view of “blind” people, could appear of little or no value, and that instead, from the point of view of those who did experience, may be deemed worthy of very different appreciation and a consequent research efforts.

We are considering all this without implying any judgment of objective value: nothing proves that dying of cancer from smoking is not better than living a healthy life; here we simply rely on the sensitivity and the education that we find in ourselves in the present, in an attempt to exercise them accompanying them with a growth and self-criticism mindset.

Once we understand the criteria by which to proceed, we can move on to consider in more detail the specific reasons to appreciate silence. In fact it is quite easy to identify the taste of spiritual experiences lived passively; in our path we are interested in searching for the taste of the most active ways of spiritual experience, among which silence stands out particularly.

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This post was published on 4 June 2016
Last update: 4 June 2016.