Religious inquiry involves willingness to court failure.
If we are too much concerned with doing the correct thing and are afraid of making mistakes, then fear creates inhibitions and prevents the openness necessary for learning.
Sometimes we’ll make mistakes, slip and fall but as children learning to walk, we pick ourselves up and go on joyously, carrying no grudge about the pains of the fall.
The moment that fear disappears, the fear of what is acceptable, of what others will think, understanding unfolds and reveals what is true, what is holy.
from Religious Inquiry, The Eloquence of Living
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