Thursday, January 26, 2006

Etiquette?

What pleases God? What offends God? To what is God indifferent? Shaykh Yassir Chadly at Starr King told me at the start of the last semester that proper etiquette was important because it pleases God. I'm not a Muslim, nor do I believe in God in a firm, definite sense. Something about the idea of etiquette being important to God really stuck with me, though, and I'm still mulling it over. What are the rules that govern our relationships with one another? Where do ethics come from? Are they pragmatic constructs, or do they come from a deeper source? Just idle thoughts from an early morning walk home from a late-night beer and bs session with Garrick and Neal.

1 comment:

Paul said...

Etiquette? God? Wordly concepts pleasing the unconceivable? Certainty is the worst thing a man of faith can have. I believe etiquette pleases, in the sense that it pleases in general, and pleasing in general would be pleasing to God, general being one of his primary definitions. But to say it with certainty . . . certainty is for samurai, and those likewise concerned with only the worldly.