From Steven E. Hodes, M.D.
Physician to Meta-Physician
There is a universal human quest to make sense of the nature of reality. The journey to do so brings not only wisdom but a philosophy of life. We ar not merely seeking facts about how the universe works, but a deeper metaphysical understanding, a framework or paradigm to explain, if possible, our purpose for existence. Poets, mystics, philosopher, scientists and the rest of us all share this ‘unquenchable desire’ to uncover ultimate truth. Here is how some of them have it expressed this over time.
“The more we learn, the more–or ought to be dumbfounded…..Our proper business is to learn more and more and thereby separate our mere ignorance from genuine mystery.”
-Lewis Thomas, MD, philosopher
“True delight is in the finding out rather than in the knowing.”
-Isaac Asimov,science and science fiction writer
“Lead us from darkness to light;
Lead us from illusion to wisdom
Lead us from death to deathlessness.
Lead us from conflict and suffering to harmony, peace and happiness.”
-Upanishads, Hindu scripture, 900BC
“Do not believe what you have heard.
Do not believe in tradition because it is handed down many generations.
Do not believe in anything that has been spoken of many times.
Do not believe because the written statements come from some old sage.
Do not believe in conjecture.
Do not believe in the authority of teacher or elders.
But after careful observation and analysis, when it agrees with reason and it will benefit one and all, then accept it and live by it.”
It is good to be a seeker,
But sooner or later you have to be a finder.
And then it is well to give what you have found,
A gift into the world for whoever will accept it.”
-Richard Bach, author Jonathan Livingston Seagull
“From all these discoveries, each of which plunges him a little deeper into the ocean of energy, the mystic derives an unalloyed delight, and his thirst for them is unquenchable.”
-Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, Jesuit priest /paleontologist
“There may be no such thing as the ‘glittering central mechanisn of the universe’…..Not machinery but magic may be the better descripton of the treasure that is waiting.”
–John Wheeler, physicist
“Why is it that we and the universe exist? If we find the answer to that, it would be the ultimate triumph of human reason–for then we would truly know the mind of God.”
–Stephen Hawkings, physicist
“When the doors of perception are cleansed, man will see reality for what it is, infinite.”
-William Blake, poet, artist, philosopher,mystic
“A human being is part of the whole, called by us the ‘Universe’, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest–a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion and embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”
–Albert Einstein, physicist, philosopher<