Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Creationism vs. Big Bang

If you believe in Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny after the age of five you might be considered at best imaginative, at worse delusional. But fifty percent of Americans believe we were created in seven days by a super being and his son. Then there are those who don't believe in anything that can't be seen or proven by science. They tend to think that the earth was created from a microscopic ball of energy which exploded billions of years ago and through a process of random development based on the law of probabilities on nearly an infinite number of galaxies, stars, and planets and natural selection produced our world in all its complexity.

The truth is we don't know exactly how we got here. There is the possibility that there is a rational scientific evidence for our existence, or that there is some unseen, unexplainable, mystical or spiritual force behind what we perceive as our reality. My view is that both explanations are true but that our present state of consciousness and evolution is incapable of integrating both points of view.

What is important it seems to me is that we maintain a level of humility and admit that we don't know while at the same time working on developing our understanding and ability to see things more clearly. We must continue to remind ourselves to question everything we think may be true. At the same time we need to act in a way that supports life and growth so that we at least have a chance to penetrate the mystery of existence.. We also must do it in a light hearted way.

One of our big challenges now is our economy. There are so many opinions be given everywhere you look. The liberals want more government interference. The conservatives want to allow the problems to work themselves out. The optimists feel that the American spirit and culture will prevail. The pessimists project a doomsday scenario in which we will be jobless, homeless, and there will be rioting in the streets. The rationalists believe we are in a cyclical downturn and that like all downturns it will turn around. The mystics believe that it is the end days and the world will never be the same.

It seems to me that there is no clear understanding of what to do or of what will happen. It is obvious though that we got ourselves into this mess by acting without regard to the future, without regard to maintaining any balance. We borrowed too much. We spent too much. We allowed those without any conscience to make decisions for their own personal gain without questioning or monitoring their actions. All we can really do is work on ourselves and support those actions that seem to be motivated by courage, love, justice, compassion, and humility. I am rooting for Obama. I hope he at least is motivated by the right reasons.

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