We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
A paradox of faith is that only by giving away (our) judgments and notions can we attain anything like Godly wisdom. Only by saying, “I surrender my notions of what would make me happy, to wholly accept yours,” can we hope to find true happiness and that peace “which defies all understanding.” Jesus went through an awful lot to demonstrate the power (and value) of “thy will be done,” and yet, we still struggle with it; we still resist, and want our own way.
Anne LaMott likes to quote a priest-friend of hers: “You can safely assume that you’ve created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do.”
Or, taken another way, “you can safely assume that you’ve created God in your own image when it turns out that the plan God has for the world is, by happy coincidence, precisely aligned with your positions.”
As I looked about me at people turning evil, shrunken, colorless, old, and weird, I suddenly thought, "Well, What did you think it was that needed to be loved?" And just like that, the doors opened and I was in paradise.
I fall short. It is quite difficult to summon any love for statists these days.
OK, but... we have been deliberately put in an imperfect, obscured world to exercise our free will and clarify/choose what is good.
In the Jewish construct, our freely-willed choice is part of closing the cosmic circle. This is called "hitoreruta dil'tatah" - the "awakening from below".
My problem with surrendering one's will is that:
1) if it comes too early, it suspends the inquiry/learning process that perfects of the individual soul
2) it is often used to support a withdrawal from the task of Tikkun Olam - to "establish THIS world in the kingdom of G-d". It's no accident that the wonderful Anchoress post often about both to surrender and to monastic retreat. They are connected.
The commandsments of the Law of Moses touch on every aspect of human experience because THIS is where it happens - in this world we experience otherness from G-d, and can express our choice to love G-d back.
Yes, at the highest levels this is expressed as transcendance of individual will. But there is a lot of value to the "lower levels" of selfhood and freely willed service. It is, in a very real sense, why we are here.