“Science helps us control things physically, and what they are for us is molded by symbolism, social relationships, and biochemistry. People today believe they can manipulate such factors; they expect physical and social technology to permit reconstruction of all human reality and a large part of nature into a single rational system subject to man’s will and devoted to its satisfaction…History, tradition, biology, and religion become obstacles to be overcome or irrelevancies to be put to the side rather than part of an order of things to be valued and accepted. Power and pleasure become the ultimate goods, and other goods make sense only by reference to them.”
- James Kalb, Tyranny of Liberalism (Wilmington, DE: ISI Books, 2008)
I have found myself unable to intellectualize my faith, hope, and poetry on many occasions, and am now sitting here contemplating whether the inability is just unwillingness, or conversely, if the unwillingness is borne of inability.
*reaches for cup of tea and chocolate chip cookie*
The beauty of faith, hope, and poetry in themselves are that they are of the soul, and not the brain, no? But subject to the cross-examination of fellow seekers (aka my homies) who are likewise on a quest for the peace we believe exists despite momentary lapses (aka WTF SMH FML), I have tied myself to the couch this afternoon and allowed a little internal debating (while my daughter jumps on said couch, Sponge Bob blares from the television, and errands fall by the wayside).
Just a little food for thought this weekend: what is more true to you — poetry or science?