# 49 — Choose what is divine (Οσια κρινε)

At this point I am 1/3 of the way through the Maxims and I see this one and say ‘Yikes!’ because I had always felt that choosing what is divine might be a form of hubris. Yet, the Maxims do not advise us to do what is not right in the sight of the Gods so this choice has to mean something that we must think about. It seems to me that the choice referred to is NOT the obvious choice of “What is divine” but rather a choice of acting as the Gods would want us to.
This type of action is the type that brings us closer to the divine, to what the Greeks call theosis. This is almost never a choice for the easy path, but it is a choice to follow the right path – the path of virtue. If we choose to act as the Gods would want us to we are, in fact, choosing the divine path in our lives and can then act as an example of someone who is living with arête. 
The path of virtue is similar for all of us; it is only in the details that it differs. Someone who is a devotee of Ares is going to have a different focus than one who is a devotee of Demeter – and this is all right. The Gods speak to our hearts differently and from this difference that we must draw the inspiration for our choices.

2 thoughts on “# 49 — Choose what is divine (Οσια κρινε)

  1. That's a tough one too. It takes thought. I read it as this: When you have a choice, take the path that brings you closer to the Gods. 😀 – I wish you had a FB outlet for your blog!

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