So Britney shaved her head---got a tattoo and told us all that she's tired. Tired of hair extensions, tired of people touching her, tired of herself and of us. The troubled star has been a commodity form, a market fabrication since childhood. Her public forays into oblivion, while terrifying to watch, may be the best thing that's ever happened to her. Whether we're rich & famous or obscure and impoverished, sooner or later we face a choice: be true to who we really are or die.
Some part of Britney Spears is dying to herself. Transforming, like so many of us do, she's acting out this loss of an obsolete self through self-destructive activity. Some may view her shaved head as the act of a lost soul, a deperate attempt at reclaiming lost power. Yes, it's all those things, but it's also possibly this: A baptism of renewal, a new start, a step forward towards a new beginning. In time, if she gets help and support, she'll clear out all the wreckage of the false self--including bad relationships, addictions, and fear. Let's pray for her--and anyone else who's bottoming out.
Matthew Fox believes the Roman Catholic Church in its current form needs to die, so a new Catholicism can take root. For this, he has been called a heretic. An outspoken American priest and theologian, Fox explains his controversial spiritual philosophy: