When we humans finally evolved as a life form on this planet we were overwhelmed with the inexplicable and mysterious in our environment. We quickly developed mystical explanations for those events. In this process, some of us were more gifted in providing these explanations and became spokespersons for the supposed forces that produced these often frightening happenings.  Since these forces were invisible and powerful they were quickly deified by those spokespersons. This process imbued these mystics with a unique power to both forecast and explain natural events as the actions of specific deities. Suddenly the explainers became  leaders that established the moral and behavioral structure of their respective cultures.
Centuries have passed and the mystics have refined their explanations which in most cases has increased their power and persuasion over their respective flocks. Today we call this religion and the majority of humankind adhere at some level to one of these religions. The moral and behavioral encouragements of these centers of mysticism have had various success in stabilizing, even moderately  improving humankind’s relationship with one another. Regardless, we still kill one another, we still seek to overpower competitive or non-conforming (with out beliefs) cultures or are overpowered ourselves. Enslavement in a variety of unique styles is still practiced and rebelled against. Over all of this, the mystics invoke their spiritual explanations and incantations that urge their followers to disavow all explanations that successfully remove both mystery and mysticism from the natural events of our lives.
Those alternate explanations are actually the product of scientific research in which we explore and upon exploring we discover and upon discovering we seek to explain, and in explaining we add to what we call science. In this practice as well as that of the mystics, both results produce a sense of glory and oneness with all that surrounds us. The difference is that the mystical approach offers no proofs, no clear explanations, but instead demands followers to believe based exclusively on their faith in the words of the mystics. Science on the other hand, provides proof and stunning explanations all still producing those senses of glory, wonderment and oneness. In this latter case faith is not lost it is only reinforced in a positive, non-mystical way. We all are awed, enriched, and ecstatic over the revelations that science provides. Our sense of oneness is more than concept it is a definite sensory awareness of our mutual relationship with the cosmos.
Should we feel shame, fear or loss of faith because we tend to rely more on science than mysticism? Absolutely not! As we become more aware of the revelations of science we gain stronger spirituality as our understanding of the many aspects of the cosmos grows. We are enriched by it and come to understand we are not external to the cosmos, but are an integral and vital part of it. For many who achieve this realization, they acknowledge how warm and included they feel. Yes feel, not just think, or believe on faith, but actually experience that mutuality.
Surprise, way before we were learning through science our prehistoric predecessors had those feelings of mutuality, of deep respect for the cosmos, and an awesome, cosmic focused spirituality that remains with their descendants to this day.
I understand how a tree starts and grows and spreads its glory and wealth. I feel an intimacy with trees. When a storm strikes and a tree or trees are stricken with broken limbs or toppled completely I feel sorrow and express my condolences to those forms of life. Why; because we are all part of the same cosmos. Should we not feel that same for all life forms and to take joy when we learn of a new life form or another revelation about the cosmos? Of course we should, because we are learning about ourselves and our surrounds. We become less frightened, more enriched and as stated above,more focused on the glory of the cosmos. Spirituality will follow, and those who seek to espouse and enrich it should not defy science, but should embrace it and in doing so clearly bring us all closer together in harmony and unity; which by the way is cosmos.
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