KP 'How do I get through the day without telling a lie?’ is your question asking about living with integrity?
SH Partly it involves integrity, I think we lie often times not because we’re liars, but because we’re moderately good people who don’t want to hurt anyone, and therefore we often times restrain ourselves from saying what needs to be said, because we don’t want to live with the results....And it’s also, of course, hard to know what the truth it at times. To be able to know how to say what the truth should be comes from the hard work of being trained in speech habits that don’t lead us into lies that we then must live out.
KP Your work as a theologian is often directed at telling the truth to or about the church- is the church a place where we can live out lies?
SH The church can be an extremely good place to live out lies, because it prides itself on being a place of truth, therefore it may not take seriously enough the fact that part of the truth we live out is that we are sinners, who want to deny that we are creatures of a good God. Our lives are shaped fundamentally by this lie that is the basis for all lies.
KP What places can usher us into the habit of being able to tell the truth?
SH The university prides itself on being a place where the truth matters more than anything. I think I would give it high marks for being a place for speech discovered that makes possible our discovery that what we thought we knew, we didn’t. I think often-times today some businesses are much more upfront about the necessity to tell the truth, because they have a bottom line. If you’re lazy, you have to be told you’re lazy because you’re not helping the business make money, and therefore they can assess one another contributions with an accuracy that often-times is missing in church culture, which are too often dominated by the need to be compassionate.
KP So you think that the need to be compassionate can obscure the truth?
SH Right, compassion, rightly understood, must be truthful. But it’s often times not understood to be that.
KP Though presumably, the church should be showing us how to live truthfully?
SH That’s right, it does that by helping us learn to be friends capable of telling one another the truth, even at the risk of losing a friendship. The church is about being part of a community that has long discovered, if it’s not truthful, it will die.
The Arrowhead Arete, Yosemite
I won my first competition back in 2010 at the Mountain West Regional Championships held at Moab, Utah. Sending a 5.13a sport route in a single attempt earned me first place in the Men’s division. Before then, I’d received 1st and 2nd place at a few youth competitions. 2010 was my entry into the big leagues. A couple months after Moab, Utah, I traveled to El Paso, TX for the National Championships. I got second place by sending a 5.13c sport route in two attempts.
In 2012, I won first place in the Nationals held at Acadia National Park, Maine by flashing a V12 bouldering problem. It was my first time visiting the East Coast and I was glad to have been used to Jackson Hole’s more humid weather. I think that gave me an advantage that climbers from drier regions didn’t have. In 2015 I entered my first international competition in Cochamó, Patagonia, Chile. I didn’t place, but plan to for the 2016 championship in Krabi, Thailand.