26 – The Obliteration of the Spirit by Science …

How amazing it is that inquiry into the spiritual dimension of human nature – our intuitive knowledge that we are connected with ‘something’, ‘someone’, larger than us which gives us Life and order and direction and purpose and the capacity to wonder – is prohibited by ‘that other religion’ we call Science. And thus, to ponder about the meaning of what we call our Soul, our Spirit, our Mind, we are left either to the machinations of men in cloaks who perpetuate beliefs made-up thousands of years ago to control the human mind, or to the oftentimes good-intentioned seekers exploring creative venues of understanding for personal gain.

The world of our feelings and passions, of our happiness and sorrows, of our need to love and be loved; the world of the intangible and the immeasurable, the world of the mystery and overwhelming brutality and beauty of Nature, the world of visions and dreams, the world where love is born and where hate is instigated, the world where words like Peace and Revolution and Creativity and Liberty and Hope begin to take a physical shape … That world is arrogantly turned off by Science simply because it cannot be measured and put into equations. In its jealousy for measurement and accuracy Science has turned itself into a dogmatic enterprise that presumes it can decide what Reality is and what it is not.

Yet hidden behind the obtrusive arrogance of Science there exists a Paradigm in which Reality encompasses not only the objective dimension of the world … the measurable dimension of atoms and parts and bodies … but also its subjective complement … the immensurable dimension of the ancient forces of Creativity and Desire and the Need to Bond and the Will to Exist; a Paradigm where object and subject, body and spirit, complement each other so creatures like you and me can unfold with the capacity to self-generate and self-reflect.

Reductionism, the methodology dating back to ancient Greek philosophy that  still dominates current scientific methodology, arrogantly believes that man can understand anything in Nature by reducing it to parts. This approach is obviously not working, since under its hegemony we currently have no clue what more than 90% of our Universe is.

Our wonderment at the unending creativity of Life, our amazement at the inner knowledge of cells that know how to re-generate and organize and create our minds, our astonishment at the instinctive knowledge of our bodies that take control of the organism when the mind is searching, our surprise at the realization that we can reflect on our past and plan our future, our awe when we feel the presence of forces beyond our comprehension affecting us and being affected by us … These are things of the Spirit, yet they are grounded on what can be measured and weighed. The dimension of the human Spirit, of the Mind, of the Soul, cannot exist … as much as we want it to … without the dimension of the atomic elements from which it sprouts into being. And so is the dimension of the atomic elements, which cannot exist … not for eons and eons of time and throughout the immensity of space … without the spiritual dimension that gives them order and the direction to bond and congregate into amazingly complex and self-generating and self-reflective forms of existence. Yet Science claims that this dimension is not worthy of scientific exploration because it cannot fit into equations.

Is it not Science … one of our noblest enterprises … supposed to open our minds instead of limiting us?

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