Constance, I found this delightful quote:
“I am trying to see things in perspective. My dog wants a bite of my peanut butter chocolate chip bagel. I know she cannot have this, because chocolate makes dogs very sick. My dog does not understand this. She pouts and wraps herself around my leg like a scarf and purrs and tries to convince me to give her just a tiny bit. When I do not give in, she eventually gives up and lays in the corner, under the piano, drooping and sad. I hope the universe has my best interest in mind like I have my dog’s. When I want something with my whole being, and the universe withholds it from me, I hope the universe thinks to herself: “Silly girl. She thinks this is what she wants, but she does not understand how it will hurt.”
— THEORIES ABOUT THE UNIVERSE by Blythe Baird
Now…I don’t know if universe thinks this or not. The universe has never talked to me, or even capered madly in front of me making silly faces (Mama has done this by the way…giggle! She funny…She very funny).
I think a lot about the idea that is gaining prevalence in modern thought that the universe is sentient, and is benevolent as well. My mind is strange and quirky…because I wonder: why benevolent? Why not malevolent? Why not indifferent?
Here is my take: I do believe that we as creatures are innately wired with a sense of justice, of “ought to be”. Think about this…whether you attribute origins and causes to God or to a process or if you believe in “always was always will be”…we still all have it, the “ought to be”.
We are also wired with a sense that rationality and reason are good guiding principles and that our reality can be (partially) grasped and explained with such, and again, I will simply giggle when I am confronted with elaborate well reasoned arguments why everything is meaningless and absurd (and these beautiful lines of reasoning use reason and rationality in an exquisite way…giggles again and a nose chuckle simper).
We are also wired with a deep sense that our world around us speaks of something “Beyond”, and this sense is deeply stirred in majestic acts or displays in creation. Creation is evocative of that Beyond, regardless of what or who we attribute “Beyond” to…we are wired to know we dwell in the heart of a Mystery, and that mysterium tremendum is our dwelling place…and we long for that mystery to be made known, fully.
Last, we have an innate wired sense of Beauty…and Truth (both with capitals intended).
Here is why I posted this, besides that I love the quote: I am happy that Mama has messed with me and done these things for me that the quote refers to. I am overjoyed that the Incarnation of God Themself, the One known as Jesus, undertook an act simultaneously creative and destructive all at once: when He displayed Their passion for all (even the universe?) and made every single axis of being and existence intersect in that great and terrible offense and wonder known as the cross, rich with its attendant implications. (as an aside, even if you are not christian in faith, reading the implied actions and existential declarations that the cross entails is a matter of great interest. you would most likely need to go to old time-y writers such as the early church fathers…but there are some fabulous modern theologians who in moments of philosophical bliss wax eloquent about it…Rissa says check it out…and gives a loving shrug and shoulder punch even if you don’t 🙂 )
I don’t know much about God, truthfully. The more I find out, the less I know…but the even more honest truth? I don’t know a dadburn thang about the universe. It don’t say much.
In jovial irony, tongue just a lil in cheek…