It's humbling when someone else says it better than you do, especially when you've been trying for a while. It's also tempting, because it'd be awfully easy to steal their stuff. I've been humbled and tempted twice as I thought about starting this blog.
The Metanexus Institute said it better in the heading of several of their newsletters: "Seeking the whole story of the whole cosmos for the whole person." "Whole story" said to me, science and spirit. "Whole cosmos" said, inner space as well as outer space. "Whole person" said, heart as well as head. And "seeking," well, that was the whole point. Wish I had said it first.
Then Michael Wilt, editor of the online Nimble Spirit Review, said it better too. In plugging the Story-of-Everything Place, the web site from which this blog originates, he celebrated the "cosmology cavalcade":
Wilt saw the Story-of-Everything Place as a kind of "cosmological bazaar" where people bring their stories, exchange them, and create new ones. Well, it's not that yet--it hasn't even gotten going--but that is indeed the idea. Wish I had said it first.
Stories of ultimate beginnings have always fascinated me. That there are so many of them is no surprise, given the diversity found on the planet in terms of geography, climate, and general living conditions. One could hardly expect peoples, preliterate or otherwise, to come up with common expressions of their origins when day-to-day experience ranges from Arctic ice to Saharan desert to Amazon rainforest to Rocky Mountains. Life experience at the 65th parallel will undoubtedly lead to a different cosmology than that at the equator. The cosmology of people who are enslaved will be different from that of those who enslave them. And then science brings its own vast set of empirical observations to bear on our exploration.
But I didn't. Which means I'm going to have to give in to a little temptation and "borrow" some language in order to launch this blog. Its subject matter: those whole stories of the whole cosmos for the whole person. Its spirit: the bazaar. Next Saturday's question: Is the Bible a Story of Everything? If you drop in, bring a friend. Even better, bring a story.
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