I’m reading Teilhard de Chardin’s The Phenomenon of Man (1955) in which he describes life transforming to more and more complexity and shows that life continues to grow beyond the outward form. As a prominent paleontologist and naturalist as well as Jesuit priest he believed life sciences should explore not only the outer forms – the skeletons that remain, the physical effects, the material world – but include the “within” – the imagination, consciousness, the spiritual.
I am glad to have awakened to a fuller celebration of this season as Advent, Christmas and Epiphany. Years ago I began to feel there is more to the holidays than the collection of beautiful traditions around Christmas. My poem … Continued
The greatest pressure in life for many people is to “amount to something.” To them it means to be successful in performing, productivity, gaining position, and receiving honor. It charges the young to focus energies, fuels wannabes to work harder, … Continued
It seems with our current capacities to observe the vast universe as well as impossibly tiny particles, that people have never before been so aware of our ambiguous status in reality. To the vast universe we are impossibly tiny. To … Continued
It is well known that affirming one’s children is key to their future success. But all parents work within limits based on their own parents’ limited ability to love and affirm. Even when we try to be affirming, our children … Continued
It does not take a very discerning analysis to conclude that the driving force of most human endeavor is focused on the material world. We are all living at some level of acquiring, managing, serving, or struggling with the material … Continued
Breaking out of our limits has been a primary passion of humanity since prehistory. Artists appreciate limits for the liberating revelations they give. Before the Big Bang there was a yearning to be known and to fellowship. The Yearning manifested … Continued