Wednesday, May 31, 2017

A Life of Labels

As I mention in my profile, my journey of awareness led me out of the rich subculture of Christian fundamentalism that I was born into and brought me to the more spiritually satisfying land of mainline Protestantism in my 30s.

But my travels didn’t end there. I kept asking questions and looking for answers. Christian Gnosticism. Buddhism. Taoism. Jump forward a few decades, and now I tell people I’m a profane Presbyterian Zen Taoist.

What I find interesting is that when I tell people this, they don’t ask me about the Zen part or about the Taoist part or even the Presbyterian part. They ask me about the profane part.


Galen Pearl said...

Ha! That's funny. And revealing! So the question is, are you satisfied with your current "label"? What does it mean to you?

HK Stewart said...


As we both know, a label is not the thing it labels, but we need labels so we can create a world we can understand. I'm not really a profane Presbyterian Zen Taoist. I'm just me.

But I like the way it sounds.

H. K.