Big Rowan Ackison (greensh) wrote,
Big Rowan Ackison

Feet of Clay

A LJ friend’s comments about a teacher’s integrity being compromised by a personal action prompted me to think about the nature of human teachers, gurus, guides and leaders. A very telling remark by my friend was “I'm glad that I only took the free seminars and didn't get too close to this teacher.” This prompted me to consider the connection between teachers, their teachings and their lives. It also got me thinking about non-human teachers, and if we hold them to similar rules.

My immediate response to the blog entry was:
“Teachers, mentors, and leaders have feet of clay. If the intentions are good but method is not, outcome is questionable. If human desires are active, outcome is questionable.

Probably the biggest question is: does their fallibility run contrary or void the message that the person was presenting? Can the message remain pure even as the human is not?”
Throughout that day I thought about this human state. I thought about the ministers that have been "caught" in behavior that was contrary to their public ministerial message. I thought about a more personal situation in which a teacher I very much respected was released from his duties because of improper behavior with a student. I desire to be a teacher. I thought about my own human frailties of lust, craving, selfishness, and desire. I thought about an old family story about my grandmother’s family turning away from the Episcopal Church because a single minister was improper in a property deal. There are so many ways to be human.

How are we to move forward in our beliefs with other humans as our teachers? Are there belief systems that can truly standalone from the human facilitators, or are we doomed, when people fail short, to throw out even the best systems because we too are human? Is it worth the "risk" of being human in the pursuit of teaching others?

I’ve previously postulated that the “Jesus is Lord” belief is promoted by people’s disenchantment with human leaders. Turn to the perfect god when humans fail. This does beg the question, are the non-human teachers so perfect? Can we fully trust the direction of other beings? Can we do so when invariably the expression of the non-human entities is channeled through humans? This brings me back to my original conundrum.

Questions and comments??? Thanks!

(x-posted to my personal blog)
Tags: feet of clay, human, leaders

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