I’m not sure where this sits exactly within these forums, but this seemed as good a place as any.
As someone with a strong sense of historical perspective, and an interest in how I’m living compared to most, I just thought I’d offer the following observations, seeing my own life and the lives of my contemporaries in the light of 2000 years of Christian history. Comparing myself against these historical norms, I feel deeply inadequate.
Historically speaking, for me to be in full-time study at the age of 26 (and not a monk) is very odd indeed.
Historically speaking, to be single at the age of 26 is almost unheard of.
For me to be in church every week beside numerous young women but not looking to marry any of them because I’m not ‘in love’ with any of them, and for none of the older members of the congregation to seek to do anything to change this situation, is extremely odd.
To live in a country that’s fighting 2 foreign wars and not be made to join the army to fight in those wars is a historical anomaly.
To have travelled to 12 countries in my lifetime, yet lived more than 25 of my 26 years in only one, is unheard of, and would be viewed as a pointless extravagence by most people in history.
By the time I’d finished High School, St Francis of Assisi had already gone away to train as a mercenary, failed, returned to his home in disgrace, been converted, and spent a year wandering as a holy man awaiting the first followers for the founding of his order!