326. Being American means

Mr. Heinrich Böll, West Germany’s
1972 Nobel Laureate in literature, declared:
“Being American means the chance to be what you want.”

I asked my God two small questions:
  What is the meaning of chance?
  What do Americans want to be?
“My son, you are a God-lover.
For a God-lover there is no such thing as chance.
My dictionary does not house that particular word.
What you and I call Grace, others call chance.

“My son, here is My answer
To your second question:
Americans want to be perfect slaves to their freedom.”
Father, what do You mean?
I don’t understand Your answer.
Please be a little more explicit.

“What I mean is this:
Americans are not profitably,
Consciously and unreservedly
Using their freedom-soul
To reach the acme of their Freedom-Goal.”

Sri Chinmoy, The Dance of Life, part 7.First published by Agni Press in 1973.

This is the 38th book that Sri Chinmoy has written since he came to the West, in 1964.

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