Monday, April 2, 2012

My hopes for Equipoise

All well and good, but what's this blog really about?

What I think a lot about, and intend to expound upon, is the opposites I try to embrace: science and faith; poetry and the hard realities of aging; the quest to continue to grow into better versions of ourselves amidst the sad truth of our human imperfections; being serious and "grown-up" without pomposity or losing a sense of humor.

The film The Tree of Life has this quote:
"...there were two ways through life - the way of nature and the way of grace. You have to choose which one you'll follow.
... Grace doesn't try to please itself. Accepts being slighted, forgotten, disliked. Accepts insults and injuries.
... Nature only wants to please itself. Get others to please it too. Likes to lord it over them. To have its own way. It finds reasons to be unhappy when all the world is shining around it. And love is smiling through all things."
Is it possible to believe passionately in BOTH the way of nature AND the way of grace? To believe in Darwin, genetics, and selection; but also to be transfixed by the incredible beauty and holiness of individuals who transcend our animal origins? To hold the way of grace and the way of nature in equipoise? Can a bounding right brain and an exacting left brain ever be perfectly yoked?

I guess that doesn't really answer what the blog's about, just the seeds of hope from whence it may spring. You'll just have to see for yourself.

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