Saturday, November 3, 2018

For what should we be grateful?

One of the helpful tools of science is deconstruction. We break things into their component parts. Having observed and anlyzed the phenomena, we play with it, manipulate it, figure out what else to make of it, and how to use it.

Linear and reductionistic approaches to understanding things on the path of the ego has given human beings great power, even the power to destroy themselves.

The spiritual impulse is to put things back together, to appreciate the systemic whole. This appreciation leads to a marveling at the balance, the equiblibrium, and the mystery that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

In Unitarian Universalism, in our covenant to affirm and promote seven principles, we make note of, acknowledge, respect, and come to love the interdependent web of existence of which we are a part. We come to realize our utter dependence  and with this realization a tremendous humility and gratitude arises.


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