When I was a child I asked my mother why a book I found had so many jokes about the weatherman making bad predictions. She explained to me that before satellites, weather forecasts were far less accurate. Without the use of technology weather prediction as we know it would be impossible. It is funny to think that what has become one of the most useful sciences in our world today, weather forecasting, was once considered a waste of time, a joke.
Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.-Arthur C. Clark
I come from a family of scientists and I do love science myself. But I find the notion that there is no space in the scientific community for spirituality utterly ridiculous and a bit frightening. If a person denies the importance of spirituality in today’s world then “From where,” I must ask them, “do you derive your morals and ethical beliefs? If you throw away spirituality then how do you know that deceit, thievery, rape or murder are wrong? Is this not the basis of the now popular line, “It’s only wrong if you get caught.””
As our own species is in the process of proving, one cannot have superior science and inferior morals. The combination is unstable and self-destroying.- Arthur C. Clarke
“Humanitarianism,” one friend of mine said. I smile and nod.
“Then let humanitarianism be your religion,” I suggest.
In not really being a religion, humanitarianism is the closest I think we have to a philosophy of true spirituality. Even if you do not believe in spirits, there are now studies that have found belief in a higher power and the practice of religion to be beneficial to the mental stability and well being of most people. Thus even the atheist humanitarian must allow for the right to be religious.
But I can not help thinking those studies might never have been done were it not for brave spiritual people who used science to prove what was long considered superstition.
Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution. It is, strictly speaking, a real factor in scientific research.-Albert Einstein
What would science be without spirituality but meaningless pieces of a great puzzle? What would spirituality be without science but a beautiful cloud that floats out of reach?
The true artist is quite rational as well as imaginative and knows what he is doing; if he does not, his art suffers. The true scientist is quite imaginative as well as rational, and sometimes leaps to solutions where reason can follow only slowly; if he does not, his science suffers.- Isaac Asimov
They are to me an awesome pairing of Yin and Yang. Science the bright and shining light and spirituality the dark mysterious yin. Look too long at the brightness of the sun and you may go blind as some scientists have gone blind to the necessity of ethics in human and animal studies.
Try and penetrate with our limited means the secrets of nature and you will find that, behind all the discernible concatenations, there remains something subtle, intangible and inexplicable. Veneration for this force beyond anything that we can comprehend is my religion. To that extent I am, in point of fact, religious.- Albert Einstien
Spirituality is the mystery that requires faith in the unprovable. Yet even in darkness we can feel our way if we have the courage to move in the dark. Still, in holding to spirituality alone many evil acts are and have been committed in the name of religion. We must ever strive to make sense of the dark by remembering the truths learned in the light.
I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with senses, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use and by some other means to give us knowledge which we can attain by them.-Galileo Galilei
Once a cousin tested me asking how I knew if something I had learned spiritually was true. I replied that before I act on something I believe to be spiritually true, I imagine what would I do if I only had logic to rely on for the decision. If I can not find more than one logical reason for doing that which my heart tells me is spiritually correct, I keep my mind open and question, question, question. Those instances are rare however. Most spiritual truths are based on logical reasoning if you look closely enough.