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October 20, 2014
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Peace on earth and goodwill to all


Interestingly (and you might at first think otherwise) in today’s modern world, science and technology also present us with opportunities to consider the sacred and the divine in the mystery of life and of the universe. Take our exploration of space—both inner and outer space. What drives us to learn ever more about the universe and its origins? We send out satellites with cameras and telescopes into deep space and they send back awe-inspiring photographs. Who among us, looking at these photographs (ti.me/TrYO4r) cannot help but wonder—how was this universe created and what is our role in this boundless creation?

What drives us to learn more about the elusive theory of everything that physicists are searching for, or about what human consciousness is, or even what matter is? (Did you know there’s actually something called “strange matter” that we do not fully understand, or that matter is largely made up of empty space?)

Once we thought the earth was the center of the universe, and as recently as 100 years ago, we believed the Milky Way was the only galaxy of stars in what was otherwise empty space. It seems we have learned so much. Yet the evolution of our human consciousness has not kept pace with our scientific and technical achievements. Has the time not come for the human race to leave its adolescence behind and step into adulthood?

And that brings us back to our search for the sacred. Imagine how our world might be different if everyone saw that all living beings are sacred, that we are all interconnected, all one, and that creation itself is our home and our very being. Might that usher in a time of peace on earth and good will to men?