“Wherever You Go, There You Are”

This blog post’s title is not an original one.  It’s used in AA circles when discussing the so-called “geographical cure” whereby alcoholics are tempted to think that a change of venue may be the cure to what ails them.  However, it’s not just for alcoholics or those suffering from addiction.  It’s an apt expression for each of us burdened by the human condition. In Greek monastic settings, the watchword is “ouk en topo, all’ en tropo,”a saying taken from Evagrius on achieving virtue and basically meaning it’s not the place, but the way of living in the place that is key to leading a virtuous … [Read more...]