Finding and Inventing
“The world is something we both find and invent.” This is a line from the stunning book, The Science Delusion: Asking the Big Questions in a Culture of Easy Answers, by cultural critic Curtis White. In it he explores scientism (the notion that science is the single narrative for explaining what life is all about), fundamental religion, quantum physics, art, philosophy, and more, much of it over my head. But this idea of finding and inventing our world is so consistent with my training in matters of spirit and mind: that “the universe depends for its being on the participation of the mind.” And in his challenge to scientism, he cites Protestant theologian Paul Tillich along with Nietzsche, both of whom assert the necessity of finding our true nature and becoming who we really are, activities that fall far outside the realm of science.
Even just dipping gently into a book like this provokes me to examine the world for evidence of my creative capacities. Good end-of-the-day questions: What have I invented today? What experiences have I crafted? What offerings have I made? What have my hands shaped, and what has my heart embraced?
Be vigilant, my friends: you are a mighty creator!