Hello, everybody. This video is referred to the lesson, or we can say the post, the article, “Spirituality of the word”. In that article I explained mostly positive aspects of the word and, in the highest level, I referred also to the fact that the word is even worshipped, because, in the context of religions, it can be, it is considered the Word of God, it can be the Word of God, so Revelation. Now, in the video, I would like to do some counter balancing, that is, considering the opposite aspects of the word, that is, the word is able also to hide instead than to reveal; the word can veil and the word can even deceive us; the word can be false rather than showing the truth, rather than showing reality.
So, how can we manage this difficulty, considering that actually we don’t want to miss this so great treasure that is the word, that can be so deeply the object of meditation, contemplation, reflection and even, as I said, worship. A way that I think is very useful - and I have experienced it in a lot of contexts - is the hermeneutic, the perspective of weakness. We can just consider that words, as being a tool to communicate, words are a weak tool, because every tool is weak, like us human, we are weak. So, if words can be powerful, can be great, can enlighten our life, actually words can show all of their weakness. Weakness means not only humility, but really betraying, going against us, destroying and frustrating us. In this context we need to consider that weakness is to be considered in a radical way, that is, let’s say, word is able also to kill. So, the opposite sides can be said with these few words: word is able to give life, but word is able also to kill and this means that I can kill other people with my words and I can be killed as well with wrong interpretation, wrong thoughts, but just even because words, by their nature, are able to be ambiguous, are able to create distance from the truth rather than put us close to the truth. This makes life a bit with tension because, as I said, there are these extreme polarities, opposites, opposite sides, that is, a word can be worshiped, can be sacred, can be the Revelation of God, but word can be also false, can be something that kills either us or other people. As I said, the context of weakness can help us a lot. To say it in another way, we can say that the context can be considered walking, moving, going on, so that words should not be considered like something static, something solid, but they are moving, they are part of our history, our going on in our, in the way of our life and this can help us to put and to manage words in the correct way, in the correct perspective.
This means that for life we can manage words, words can give us spirituality if we manage them the correct way. In another perspective we might say that words should not be worshipped. This way I don’t want to go against religions, because I know that word is able - I’ve been a believer - word is able to be a Revelation of God for the believer. But we know that the Bible, for example, has a lot of problems exactly because it’s made of words. So, what’s the problem with worshipping, I would even say worshipping either the word or even God? The problem is that, when I worship, at a certain degree, what I’m worshiping is what I think that word is, what I think that God is, so actually frequently I’m worshiping my idea of God, my idea of the word. This is the problem with a wrong way of worshiping. So, even worship, in order to be something really fruitful and not an instrument for bad things, or to kill, should be practiced in the context of walking, weakness, going on, progressing, working continuously on everything. This is spirituality, this is able to make really the word something really a treasure, something precious, able to bring a lot of fruits in our life, so I wish you the best in managing words, in enjoying the treasures of words without forgetting the negative sides that actually, if considered in a correct way, like I said, weakness, walking, can be just another way to enjoy its great horizons and fruits. See you next time.