“Being-in-the-world” is a concept made famous by the 20th century German Philosopher Martin Heidegger. For Heidegger, being was something always in context or in relationship. In opposition to modernity’s rationalist thinkers, Heidegger understood that in order to “be”, you had to be “somewhere” and in “sometime”. Human-being is not autonomous, objective, or neutral, instead, it is situated and contextual. In the same way, I think our Christian call to “be in the world, but not of it” calls us to a contextual awareness of our time and place. It is a call to be. To know what “time” it is. To be present in our world as agents of new-creation. To be present to the people in our lives. And to be faithful in our pursuit of Jesus.
I was introduced to the agrarian world of the writer, Wendell Berry, in my intro to philosophy class in college. I have been an avid reader of Berry ever since. His novels, essays, and poetry, have been a rich source of comfort, hope, and rebuke in my life. There is something to Berry’s writing that … More Quick Thoughts on “Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry”