52. Ignorance

 

Of late, I have been considering the unavoidable implications bound to the theory of evolution and the ceaseless struggle of science to consolidate it’s truth with that fronted, and arguably fabricated, by religion. Quite unplanned in fact, I have managed to deepen my personal spirituality through scientific exploration. Even if we fully disregarded my new perspective, there are inarguably many scientific puzzlers which will never be solved and it is within these, in my humble opinion, where a simple opportunity to accept spirituality lies. That said, there are also many scientific masterworks that help explain the world and universe around us with poetic detail and true beauty, something many would not expect of science. My final perspective rests within a fundamental belief that scientific theory, although constantly evolving and improving, should not be rendered invalid by spiritual philosophy. One must be open to all sources of information to garner the fullest perspective of life. 

Some claim that evolution is merely a theory, but it is an objective reality. To dismiss a validated truth based on a recent scripture catalogued by a human, or collections of humans, is in my opinion the ultimate ignorance. It is not to say that religious endeavour holds no validity, and in some cases religiosity can be constructive, but it is disheartening to consider many religious bodies inability to accept evolution. Creationism, in its purest sense, is a nonsensical fallacy that is quickly dismissed by a discerning thinker. I am not arguing that something beautiful didn’t create the universe, but it is scientifically proven that this beauteous entity didn’t spawn a fully functional elephant, like a magician from a farcically giant hat. Evolution, and the beauty within it, is a truly spiritual experience. 

Accepting our connection, through our shared DNA building blocks, with every living creature is a truly spiritual realisation. Our genetic barcode may differ to that of a puppy, but we are constructed from the same building blocks and have simply evolved on a different tangent. 

  
Within this view, we are at one with everything. We are a part of a giant genetically diversified family. We are a legacy of what has come before us. We are the universe. 

To summarise, I simply urge you to concern yourself with the beauty of all that exists around us and make it your project to find your own, beautiful, personal truth. 

(Photo – Eli Woodbine, England, 2016) 

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  1. kaptonok says:

    We are spiritual and see the world through a spritual lense but natural selection is a blind watchmaker.
    It has no plan, no end in veiw , knows nothing of the concept of beauty. That is Richard Dawkins summary in his brilliant book The Blind Watchmaker.
    Besides being beautiful the world is crass and savage ; nature is red in tooth and claw.
    So to be at one with everything is pantheism, a nice but basically religious concept.

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    1. eliwoodbine says:

      I completely understand and am certainly religious in my spiritual understanding of science. I tried to explain, but suppose that I didn’t adequately equate, my position as an appreciator of both science and spirituality. To simplify the world to the science of Dawkins does not allow for any appreciation of the soul. I cannot condone anything that condemns the soul to irrelevance. Ergo, the spiritual beauty of being at one with everything and evolution. It flies in the face of creationism but isn’t spiritually benign. Of course this is my personal opinion and I am as entitled to it as anything else. Thanks for reaching out, Eli.

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      1. kaptonok says:

        To quote Richard Dawkins from ‘ The Greatest Show on Earth.’
        ‘At least if you are eaten by an anaconda you can feel you have contributed to the well being of one of the Lords of Life.
        When you are eaten by a tiger, perhaps your thought might be what immortal hand or eye could frame your fearful symmetry.
        Hear we glimpse Mr Dawkins inner self as he from two great poems.
        I think secretly he regrets the universe is as it is but science has forced his acceptance.
        ‘Ah love could thou and I with fate conspire,
        To grasp this sorry state of things entire,
        Would we not shatter it to bits –and then,
        Remould it nearer to our hearts desire.’

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