Dear Dr. . . . .
I presume it is Dr. though I did not see the title, I feel it is richly deserved. If you would please excuse me for not offering my gratitude for your perusal and comments on my work. Life has a way of intervening and commitments cannot wait.
The work I refer to, just to refresh memory, was the poetry and the essays that my friend. . . so kindly asked you to look at. The material reviewed you said was challenging and intriguing and I thank you. Challenging and intriguing nowadays is not the stuffs of the marketplace. In fact, what can be easily identified, especially the familiar, is what is marketable. This is not to put the onus on people, though it seems that to massage the brain into greater activity is not thought of as fun. That is too bad. To my thinking, the purpose of this physical life is to learn but from the observation of the majority, its purpose is to entertain. The gods, I understand, even hide the lessons in toys.
With the challenges of earning a living, there is little energy left to try and change much of anything. To inject new thought or old thought spoken in today’s language, puts one on the defensive. The old adage of ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ seems to be what is propelling everyone. Except things are broken, old ideas, old habits and a first rate intelligence is not required to see that the results are no longer sufficient. Ideas and values must expand to fit the larger scope, not abandoned altogether.
Physical and mental boundaries are not finite. We often speak disparagingly of primitive religions. Simple observation tells us that as a technological society we have lost the spirituality that once united the simpler life with the cosmos. And we are the loser. We speak of life everlasting and yet are afraid to die. We speak of the resurrection and buy cemetery plots so we will be remembered. We send crossed signals.
When I wrote the essay, Concerning: Creation 101 I wished to bring forth several ideas to show we are Creationists. Individually and en masse we create the climate for what happens in our world. I came upon a book by Robert Nozick called The Examined Life. He wrote this while on sabbatical from Harvard and in it, to my surprise, he announces that perhaps we are in the creation business and are discovering one way it can be done. And he brings forth the idea that we are apprentices and perhaps will be in charge of something else, anon.
This again says that mental boundaries no longer exist. There is a Spirit afoot that will speak and to ears and hearts that are open , they will hear. There are those whose brains are open albeit a tiny percentage more than the average and to them will be given messages transformed into ideas that will be grounded in this world. To those whose eyes are open, they will interpret the writings on the walls.
I realize that my ideas are not new ones but I try to speak in the vernacular. All life is simultaneous. When a philosopher like Robert Nozick comes up with creation apprenticeship, someone like me, or maybe many someones also pick up the idea at the same time. Eden was Earth, everywhere. According to where one stood. Maverick thinking? Possibly but I think not. My scope had to broaden to contain my commitments.
Thank you for your time and effort. I did want to explain myself further. Whether my lifetime will bear me out, I leave to the heavens. They still hold the sparklers, contrary to what Man thinks. I bless,
(I came across this copy of a letter to a Professor of Theology and Philosophy of a large university who was a friend of a friend. It was in a journal entry of 1991. The mills of the gods grind slowly.)