"...Mora glanced at Bog, wondering if what she was about to read would be painful, unpleasant, or potentially deadly. He nodded, pressuring her gaze to look at the cover, open the leather bound front, and caress the pages of a time long gone. She sighed and opened the cover. Inside, there was a page with the inscription: Scientia non est amantis mentis clausa; knowledge is no lover to the closed mind. She thought back to the many times she had read Latin, attempting to interpret the stolen books of her mother’s private library in the excruciatingly fading light of her bedside table. Some nights, Mora would listen to her mother’s screams and hear her speak the old tongue; it was beautiful, yet haunting. Knowledge is no lover to the closed mind."
Knowledge is no lover to the closed mind.
Topic of the day: Faith vs. Science: Undoubtedly Necessary. Your first reaction to the title, depending on your amount of the faith trodden path you find yourself walking along, will be, "Oh no, here she goes again. This is going to be an attempt on distinguishing which is the truth."
I'm going to theoretically slap you in the face for the abrupt conclusion. Negative. This is not my petty attempt to explain the benefits of one over the other. This is my brazen attempt to gather my thoughts on how one supports the others truthfulness, creativity, and knowledge; as vice versa.
In my book, Mora is faced with a prophecy encircling her mind introduced by none other then the ever-loving character of Bog. His grasp on her fate throws her whirling and reaching for an edge to stand on. Bog believes she is Custos, or The Keeper. The Keeper of what you may ask? Excellent question my loyal subject (s). The keeper of knowledge and enlightenment. Therefore, he believes she is The Keeper to all the answers of creation.
How lovely, eh?
Creation. This alludes to the concept of Creationism: the doctrine that all matter, and all living things, were created by an omnipotent being, as they exist today.
This concept is wrapped tightly into a neat little bow, all set to sit in front of the fire and listen to the Bible in a literal manner. Except, it's droll in theory and does not coincide with the wonderful world of Science. Unfortunately, because of our technology, our ever-expanding knowledge of the universe, and fascinating findings of past evidence buried beneath heaps of earth for not only centuries, but millenniums, we are faced with questions and broadening answers to how, why, what, when, where, and who. We cannot merely accept that all was created thousands and millions of years ago, only to realize the closed mindedness of our fallible human nature. Then, we must take into account of how the billions of species on earth, plant and animal alike, have adapted to the traumatizing weather and land changes that have affected our world today opposed to the way things were then.
We must find another point of reference.
Evolution. This alludes to the concept of Darwinism: the theory that species originate by descent, through variations, from parental species (concepts) through natural selection, mutation, and/or genetic drift.
This concept, unlike my predecessor, is not wrapped tightly into a neat little bow, but encompasses theories and ideas I could not begin to explain on a scientific level. However, this is how I see it: Everything evolved from one single organism. Period. End of theory. Therefore, the little guy became lonely, multiplied, and the rest, as they say, is history. Literally.
Obviously, I'm not a fan of either concept on their lonesome - and, of course, I could go into a multitude of scientific theory and religious ideas. However, I do believe that a spoonful of sugar does help that medicine go down, and that's where we get dirty. (Everyone loves a Mary Poppins reference...right?!) The sciences are a vast and amazing field. The ability for the human mind to conduct, reason, theorize, hypothesize, experiment, and repeat, essentially broadens our understanding of the physical world around us, seen and unseen by the naked eye. I, myself, am drawn into the beauty and magnificence of the astronomical science. The study of matter outside our own atmosphere, conducting theories beyond our own comprehension, and ultimately, out of our reach. Peering into the night sky is like glimpsing at the past. Pinpoints of light, burning millions and billions miles away, surpassing our human concept of time, into a world long passed, a journey into the realm of parallels and significant cosmic grandeur. It astounds me.
In my book, I have relayed my love of the cosmos throughout chapters and chapters of references to stars, galaxies; the spiritual cosmos of the mind, burning heavily with unsurpassed mystery and lure. I have touched upon the idea of opposites: the sun and moon. How, without the brilliant shining orb of light, the moon would disappear into the eternal darkness of the sky; not even to shine with the light of the stars. However, without the darkness, their would be no rejuvenation of the body, soul, and mind. The ability to close one's eyes, the ability to slumber heavily, only to awaken with the enlightenment of the mind, is brilliantly schematic. Many species feed off the darkness, others the light. Whatever the force, they work together.
I digress. My apologies, I do enjoy the occasional tangent. In speaking of the sciences, it is a brilliant means to our livelihood that the scientific minds invent, reinvent, experiment, and prevent. It has allowed human's affluence to thrive to levels that far surpass those of previous generations. It is an evolution of the mind, a survival of the fittest, and an almighty dominance of nature. While some sciences are based on mere prediction and theoretical frameworks, others are based on factual evidence. I do not, by any means, suggest that any science will allow the human mind to know the universe's answers in their entirety. I believe, because science is a human concept, our ability and minds cannot comprehend, or possess the possibility to know exactly how and why the life, as we know it, formed and was created. Although, depending on how in depth you wish to proceed down the myriads of any science, you are more than likely heading in the direction of faith-based science (don't you go pointing your beakers and scalpels at me!).
Call it what you will, but one idea is certain. To delve into the unknown is always based on the initial faith that a result will render conclusive and not elusive. Unfortunately, this "faith-based" conclusion is apprehensive in relation to a "higher being". Let me examine faith.
Faith is the belief in things unseen. Simple enough? Sure, why not? Even in kindergarten science, it tells us that the earth produces wind from large scale gases moving across the land.
To argue the simplest point: Can we see the wind? No. I know what you are thinking - "But you can see it in the trees." No you can't. You can't SEE wind. You can see the affects of the wind, but you can't SEE the wind. DUH. Likewise, you can FEEL the wind (such a magnificent example, is it not? FEEL the wind in your hair...smell the ocean). You can feel it on your skin, in your hair, the unfortunate time your umbrella whips belly up in a rain storm (sucks by the way). Further, you can see the wind affect the clouds through tornadoes, hurricanes, waves...dust storms. The wind is powerful...just like the infinite power of the unseen force that flows through your mind, body, and soul; the torrential strength to connect your meek minded human flesh to something otherworldly, spiritual, and supernatural. This my dear friend, is FAITH.
As you yearn to read my book in all its unadulterated glory, the image and presence of faith becomes apparent with the building of knowledge. They are a cohesive concept; the light and the darkness, working together as one to save the overpowering lure of Death - death of the soul, death of the mind, death of the body. Without faith, Mora begins to falter, loosing her grip on the knowledge of life, scratching at the inside of the box she cannot step forth. The knowledge of her journey and purpose will not expand unless she releases the barriers holding her back, clawing at her with heavy, sharp talons.
He cowered at her aggression. “Do not speak loudly. There are ears all around the forest, the trees and streams talk.” He stood up. “Follow me.”
"Why should I?” Mora sputtered.
Quickly he responded, “Because, you have no where else to go.”
Stepping away from my theatrics to bow my head in reverence, my point is simple: One cannot proceed to acknowledge the existence of life without faith and knowledge. One cannot know themselves on the basis of faith or knowledge alone. To seek answers allows one to realize the grandeur and complexity of both the seen and unseen. Like the wind, forces not seen by the naked eye run through our flesh every day, kissing upon our necks and cheeks, running its perfect aura through our hair like a forbidden lover...except mine, my hair is curly...not good for sensually running a hand through. Anyway, unfortunately, not everyone allows it to coincide with their growth both literally and spiritually. In my mind, to believe one is alone in the world, without a grander force, is to be closed minded. To be open minded, one reaches outside the possibility of one's own selfish being, to gain knowledge and acceptance to something other than themselves. It's not because you're weak, but because you have the strength to reach your mind beyond the everyday and the tangible.
To me, people do not pursue the sciences because they are closed minded, but because they seek answers beyond what is placed in front of their eyes or mind. They possess the amazing possibility of harkening faith in regards to answers that exceed upon the ordinary. To seek knowledge is to have faith that you will learn and discover endless possibilities and ideas; to allow for copious amounts of creativity and imagination (yes, this is coming from an artist and writer). And the sciences, are the ultimate knowledge seekers: objective and abstract. In turn, they hold the possibility to siphon faith into the smallest of particles, and to revolutionize the most majestic myriad of theories, entangled with the finest of thread.
...Yup, that's Spock.
Faith, by sight, is a closed minded affair. Science, in turn, opens the mind wide. The most potential, precarious hindrance one must not forget, is the ferociously growing bestiality of one's pride.