NOTE: This is a work in progress. I apologize that it is taking years, but reality has a way of intervening in our lives. I am currently writing on the section Thinking as of 2013-04-27.
Namasté -- Deep peace of the shining stars to you. - Gareth
To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour
-- William Blake, Auguries of Innocence
Exploring the Earth, the Stars, and the Human Heart - Far, Far Beyond Religion:
Our footprints are on the moon. Our little probe Voyageur is sailing past the edge of our solar system, on its way to the stars. We look into our own cells and see the DNA of our past - and future.
Now we are ready - ready to assemble a new story of the unfolding universe - one for our own time - of galaxies and stars, children and flowers, tears and laughter - and most of all of our place here during the summertime of our universe.
In these pages, our appeal will not be to authorities of the past, magic or the supernatural, but to what nature herself has to show us. This is a journey of fading gods and changing worldviews - of mileposts and shores left behind - a journey not for the faint hearted. As Christopher Columbus said:
"You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore."
When I go to a concert, I expect to experience great thoughts and emotions. If the performers can't make tears run down my face, I want my money back. Science is an exciting concert too - stunning us with new understandings and mysteries - and new perceptions of what it means to be human.
Although this site is about my worldview, I hope it helps you form your own. As children say when playing doctor: "I'll show you mine if you show me yours." Of course they are talking about their private parts - but then our heart is our most private part, isn't it?
This story we seek will take us on a journey far, far beyond religion, out past the Pillars of Hercules and deep into the human heart. We will sail past new sights and sounds, old friends and strangers, deep thoughts and feelings. The view of the world we were taught as children will fade and we will make a new one - our own - Just like Odysseus - Ulysses:
Come, my friends,
’Tis not too late to seek a newer world.
Push off, and sitting well in order smite
The sounding furrows; for my purpose holds
To sail beyond the sunset, and the baths
Of all the western stars, until I die.
It may be that the gulfs will wash us down:
It may be we shall touch the Happy Isles,
And see the great Achilles, whom we knew.
Tho’ much is taken, much abides; and tho’
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven; that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.
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