Lesson #3 - I do not understand anything I see in this room (on this street, from this window, in this place.)
Often we are so sure we are right. We overlook implicit bias, confirmation bias, and the Dunning-Kruger effect. At one point in the text of A Course In Miracles, it asks, "Would your rather be right or be happy?"
We'd often rather be right. Being right sustains and bolsters the ego. I love Carly Simon' song, "You're so vain, I bet you think this song is about you."
To admit that we don't understand anything we see in this room, on this street, from this window, in this place, is a bridge too far for many people. At this point, they quit doing the exercises in the workbook.
The instructions for the workbook say, though, you don't have to believe the lessons, you don't have to like them, you don't have to agree with them, just do them. We will come to understand that we are being trained to achieve a new metaphysical experience of our lives. The first step in achieving this is to give up the old world of the ego and all its social constructions and lies.
Unitarian Universalists covenant together to affirm and promote the acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations and throughout the world. The workbook of A Course In Miracles in lesson #3 is asking us to consider that we don't understand the social constructions of understanding which we have received, participate in, and contribute to. That's all. 😊