We live in a culture of disincarnation, which makes it a challenge to discern a vocation. According to the philosopher Fabrice Hadjadj, it’s the crisis of “fake wood”. First, we make laminate, then plywood, then particle board, then plastic with imitation wood grain. Finally, we put it in a Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) screen on a Macbook Pro and have a beautiful forest as our desktop background. We’re undergoing the Great Liquidation of everything solid: wood, flesh, relationships, families, faith.
How can we combat the culture of discarnation, and aid young people in their journey of discernment? Only by taking hold of the gritty realities of everyday life.