The Return



After our journey, a journey of the heart as well as the mind,
  we return, and the circle, like the medicine wheel, is complete.

     We bring home with us two wants, two competing urges:
        1 - the urge to explore the new and strange and 
        2 - the desire for home and the familiar. 

We want to explore, but then we want to come home. 
  We want to belong. We want to have a place - We want to know our place . . . 
    a place with each other, 
        a place that is home, 
            a place in this universe . . .

We want a vision of the universe . . . 
    and our place within it - our worldview.

We started out on our journey because we knew our old worldview was inadequate. What we see and what we know far exceed our childish explanations. In fact, not only the old view, but old world itself was gone. Gods and devils, magic and superstition - all gone.

Our quest took us out to the galaxies and deep into our brains. Our discoveries are humbling. After stripping away much of what we were taught by society and its religions, we need a new world view built by combining what remains with what we have learned anew.

We now know that objective reality is out there, but our ability to perceive it is limited. Our brain's powerful ability to perceive patterns, discriminating betweeen lions and bushes, preserved us on the plains of Africa and swelled our numbers to billions today. Indeed, its ability to make new ideas out of old ones gives us powers of thinking never seen before.  But it also often makes stuff up, seeing boogeymen where there are none - a real danger today.

We also know that we belong here. This is home - Earth is our island home. Just like the trees and rocks, the stars and galaxies. We are part of the universe and every morning when I see myself looking back in the mirror, I remember that we are the universe exploring itself.

Then how do we build a new world view? One that encompasses the wonders we have seen? One that tosses bogus baggage overboard, while saving our valuables from the past?

… One that teaches children and builds starships?

What does it all mean? Some call this search for meaning religion.

We can start by examining - Next >>>>   What We Have Learned

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