Wednesday, June 27, 2007

"Never Lose A Holy Curiosity"

Do you ever wonder if Jesus actually said the things that many Christians claim he did? Or, the Prophet Muhammed? Or Buddha?

What would each of them really say about using 6 year olds as suicide bombers, the treatment of women around the world or justifying wars with religion?

Are the lives we lead shaped by our faith? Or have we shaped religions to justify the lives we want to lead?

" The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day.

Never lose a holy curiosity. "

-- Albert Einstein

poster by Tim Nyberg

If you appreciate the poster at the right, please visit the "Justice and Compassion" blog to view other posters in this series and read the accompanying commentary.

Dear Friends,

My apologies for the lengthy absence. Once again I've spent a little time searching for answers and spiritual direction. In my desire to motivate and encourage others I found myself in need of motivation and encouragement and questioning everything.

I must admit that sometimes I envy those individuals that know beyond a shadow of a doubt that each day they are walking the path to their destiny. Because for me, it seems that at least every other day a thought crosses my mind that I may have missed a turn here or there.

As many of you know, in addition to this blog I also have two others that are mostly geared toward social and political commentary and activism. And as you can imagine, sometimes it's not easy to separate social issues and faith. Note, I didn't say religion and politics because religiosity and politics are man-made systems that are biased and divisive by nature. While, for me, matters of faith and a concern for the health and welfare of mankind and the planet focuses your life on spiritual truths that binds each of us, one to the other and to God.

But enough of that. I'm back to the blogosphere and inspired to try to share more material which will hopefully make you pause for thought.

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