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Wednesday, October 29, 2003

Life is too important to be taken seriously

That's a quote from G.B. Shaw, and probably the only thing we agree on. Even then, the quote has a saccharine flavor I don't enjoy. As far as it goes though, it's accurate.

Wonder is largely missing from life, and despite cubicles and not having to kill our own food, the world is still a fearful place. Perhaps a better world is "awful," in its traditional sense, that is, "full of awe." The easiest approach to awe is to simply contemplate youself in the grand scheme. It's juvenile exercise, and I hope you've done it by now, but it's instructive. Although your mass takes up little space, the universe was created by God, for us, and even the smallest actions you take have massive consequences in the future, which none of us will never know about. What if Charlemagne's father had never had that tryst? What if his great-grandfather never had children? What if Karol Woytila never became a priest? What if Shakespeare was too lazy to write, or if his parents had never taught him? And conversely, the obvious smallness of your being warrants amazement.

Digging deeper, let's consider some cosmology. The standard, and somewhat accurate, protrayal of creation is that of the physical universe on a lower plane than that of the spiritual. That has some truth in metaphor, but I think a closer analogy would place the earth above Heaven, in that the spiritual reality is the truest, and our material world is much closer to phantasm. Both exist only by the whim of God, and through His continuing providence. You could, for no apparent reason, just cease to be at His thought. But you don't. These are the passing things and the world to come is much more concrete.

That said, there should be some amazement at existence. Your finitude is (mathematically, as well philosophically) the source of infinite wonder.

Now look at uniformitarianism, which says that physical processes are the same as they have always been. While some truth is here, the literal interpretation is one of the legs upon which humanistic science stands. You want to talk about faith? Uniformitarianism is completely unprovable, and yet accepted by virtually everyone as part of the modern scientific method. That's faith. Prove to me that "The Things Which Came Before" acted in the same way as our universe does now.

I say that not to induce subjectivism, but to show that all "first things" are faith, and deserve awe. Goedel had this figured out in a secular sense. So, try to find some wonder in your life.


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