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.
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)