How is it that we produce mass-school shooters, drug addicts, gangbangers, serial rapists, and pedofiles in the first world in the 21st century?
We are living in a time obsessed with health, yet we are probably the least healthy group of generations in the history of humankind. What we call ‘health’ is a strange mashup of disparate pieces of individual humanity, as if a whole human is merely the sum of all of her parts.
The truth is that a whole human being is irreducibly complex. A whole human being is infinitely more than the sum of his or her parts. So why are we so obsessed with our sentimental and narrow definition of “health” when it is clear that what we are desperate for, what is utterly conspicuous by its absence is Human Wholeness?
Max Born, the subject of the Google Doodle today, was born this day, December 11th 1882. He was of a group of distinguished and extremely influential physicists who developed the formative thought for what we know today as Quantum Mechanics.
Besides physics, Born stretched his considerable intellect into other fields also. Ethics was a favorite of his.
In 1954 during a lecture on Statistical Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics he said this: ”I believe that ideas such as absolute certitude, absolute exactness, final truth, etc. are figments of the imagination which should not be admissible in any field of science,… This loosening of thinking seems to me to be the greatest blessing which modern science has given to us. For the belief in a single truth and in being the possessor thereof is the root cause of all evil in the world.”
So I was thinking this morning about the verse in Hebrews that says quite categorically:
“And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6 ESV)
When I was 19 reading was, for me, a ‘guilty’ pleasure. I would read whatever I could get my hands on. I would stay up till the early hours of the morning reading, promising myself just one more chapter. It was an escape from the world around me, but at the same time it broadened the horizons of my world, and it ordered, shaped, and solidified my thinking.
Reading helped me not just to make sense of my world, but to compare it to times and seasons past, to other places in the world, and to countless possible futures.