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There is a deep call at the heart of Men's Soul Work - a call vital
to men, and to our society as a whole. It is the call to our
own personal authenticity, to our own souls, discovered by being
in communion with one another. I hope many-even all-of my
brothers may hear this call and enrich their lives by responding
to it in the decades to come. I hope the whole earth will
flourish from the gifts they will bring forth in the process.
And, I hope PATHWAYS ON THE COMMON GROUND will be a real help for
any man who wants to take up this great quest for himself.
All of us men hold our deep maleness and
our humanity in common. We share a COMMON GROUND. Yet,
every man must discover his own definition of himself. There
can be no prescriptions, no dogmas, no definitive models for what
constitutes a "real man." Each of us discovers that
for himself. If, at bottom, we are one, each of us can realize
that only by following his own unique PATHWAY to it, according to
his own manner.
So PATHWAYS ON THE COMMON GROUND certainly
does not aspire to lay down definitive rules or impose judgments.
It helps to suggest - and only suggest - some broad and important
areas a man may consider in his desire to discover who he is and
who his brothers are. The CHALLENGE is for each man to respond
as he needs to, as a part of his work as he is doing it - or not
at all, if that is his authentic response. May each of us
be blessed by himself as he walks his PATHWAY.
May each of us spread his blessing to others as part of receiving