I first heard it carried to me on the tree’s whispers. A sigh of exasperation, confusion, disbelief, and joy. My ears perked at the strange sound, and I breathed deeply for another clue of what it could be that had the trees so deeply gossiping.
I often wrestle with the more spiritual aspects of reality. It causes me great internal frustration to see my friends and society at large discount spirituality in favor of reductionism.
My junior year of college, I wrote a sermon to give my church. It was a lovely little church called Lakeshore Baptist church, although they weren’t affiliated with the main Baptist association. The church was wonderful – a female pastor, progressive ideas towards ministry, and a fundamental belief in doubt being part of faith.
I could spend time talking about this quote, but I’d rather let it speak for itself.
“Of course you’re there. Death is always there. So why was I afraid? Your leap is swift. Your claws are sharp and merciful. What can you take from me which is not already yours? Everything I have done until now has been fruitless. It has led to nothing. There was no other path except that it led to nothing — and before me now there is only one real fact — Death. The truth I have been seeking — this truth is Death. Yet Death is also a seeker. Forever seeking me. So — we have met at last. And I am prepared. I am at peace. Because I will conquer death with death.”
– Cord, the protagonist of the unproduced film The Silent Flute written by Bruce Lee
The earth we walk on once contained many more secrets. It wasn’t just rich with nitrogen, oil, metals, salt, precious stones, and other natural byproducts of a spinning molten core of iron hanging in space near a moderately warm star.
What follows is an interview with Dr. Beverly Rubik, a UC Berkeley-trained biophysicist, who embodies the words of Nikola Tesla when he remarks:
The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade that all the previous centuries of its existence.