A Deweyan representation of the reading experience (the experience of art in general) would balance the inwardness Birkerts evokes with an outwardness that also seeks satisfaction in the perception of form and style.
Though an ostensibly democratic space, rarely so “exclusive” that it will turn away business, the gym presents a sheltered environment, designed to produce in its visitors more inwardness than outwardness; despite your body being on display and your having to heave and sweat, both externalizing forces, the mood proper to the gym is more introvert than extrovert.
But our spirituality DOES deeply need openings and pauses and receptivity to flourish, this is just as "spiritual" as outwardness and activity.
It marks a new outwardness on the part of the Canadian business community and a new awareness about a major potential market, especially concerning energy, technology, transportation, urban development and engineering services.
My faith begins with this man who lived 2,000 years ago and who was a man for others and whose life demonstrated a grace, demonstrated an outwardness toward others that informs the whole of our existence.