Experiencing the Natural Law
MARIA GREW UP in a small town in the Midwest. She loved the years of her youth as well as the people and community who nurtured her. She enjoyed the regular change of seasons, the activities and joys of harvest, followed by the dark of winter, and then by the scent and colors of spring. She received a fine education in her town and was accepted at a large university on the West Coast. But the change in communities was difficult for her. As welcome and exciting as it was for Maria to live on campus on the West Coast, the switch in communities introduced confusion into her life about basic values. Only now, some years after her college experience, is she in the process of gaining reasonable clarity about her future direction.
As much as she appreciated her upbringing, the secure standards she inherited from her Midwestern rural community were fundamentally challenged by the moral universe of so many students at the university she attended. Only recently has she found a way to combine or sufficiently integrate the thrill of university life with its diverse moral standards, on the one hand, with the security, strong clear morals, and depth of human fulfillment she experienced and, she is convinced, still resides in her community of upbringing.