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Creative Thoughts
December 5, 2013, 20:37
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This morning I was listening to Melvin Bragg’s “In Our Time” on Creation in the Hindu traditions. The thought occurred to me that how the Universe was created is utterly irrelevant. The argument between Creationism and Science is an utter waste of time. Ultimately all we, as humans, can say for sure,  is that the Universe exists. No amount of speculation can tell us how, whatever the Large Hadron Collider may discover,  it is discovering now,  but “now” is not necessarily “then”. The best that both science and religion can do, when it comes to Creation, is present us with theories; we can choose to believe what we will, but, empirically,  we cannot know.  As the ancient Scripture, the Rig Veda says,
” Who knows the truth? Who can tell whence and how arose this universe? The gods are later than its beginning; who knows therefore whence comes this creation? Only that God who sees in highest heaven: he only knows whence came this universe, and whether it was made or uncreated. He only knows, or perhaps he knows not.” (Trans. Ralph T H Griffith)

The point is not to waste our time in idle speculation,  but to act. Whatever we believe we are presented with the Universe as a fact and with facts we can work.  We can discover the laws that govern the operation of our world and use them  for good or ill. We can apply our faculty for drawing rules from observation and experimentation to improve our methodologies for living, whether in agriculture, psychology, physics, medicine or any other discipline. Better still we can do so holistically taking into account all our fields of study so that,  for example, we don’t modify a food crop without taking into account the response of human physiology to the modifications. It is a good thing to be able to feed the peoples of the world,  but not at the cost of poisoning them and destroying the quality of their lives. It is good to be able to provide fuel,  but not at the cost of poisoning our environment. I believe passionately that science should be used to advance humanity,  but that requires balance and an awareness of the totality of our needs, both physical and psychological; I include spiritual needs within psychological because, in reality physiology, psychology and spirituality are one system.

As a Saivite monist who grew up in a mystical Christian tradition, I have my own very profound beliefs on Creation, I am sure you do too. I am neither stupid nor arrogant enough to impose my beliefs on other people. I find the NLP injunction to respect other people’s maps of the world very empowering; I do not have to share another’s belief, but to merely reject it precludes the possibility of any real communication or cooperation. It is more important, to me, to make a word that works for everyone than to propate my opinions at the expense of others. When the psalmist says,
” The earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.” I take that to mean that there is something greater than all our beliefs and opinions, but also that we are all part of this creation and none of us has the right to dictate to others.  The psalmist goes on to say,  “Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? or who shall stand in his holy place?
He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive the blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.” I would suggest that if you do not match this standard in your own life, you are not only in no position to dictate to others, but are failing to even meet the basic standard of human conduct, whatever belief system you follow. The only standard that matters is one of absolute integrity, but before you become smug, we are one so if anyone is failing to meet the standard then so are you and I. We are in this Universe together and if we want it to work then we have to work together. Sorry,  but that’s the bottom line; anyone who is a not respecting the needs of the whole is the enemy of us all.

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