Wonder

“What the mind doesn’t understand, it worships or fears.” ― Alice Walker

The facile subtext of this is “Except for me, of course. I’m an integrated adult personality, not a superstitious rube.”

The truth is not that simple. Typically, what the mind doesn’t understand it either ignores or wonders about. If the latter, then exploration, not fear and worship, occurs. Moses at the Burning Bush was not afraid or worshipful, but curious. Worship (and fear) only began when he learned Who was there, not when he didn’t know Who was there.

Wonder is the common root of all art, philosophy, science–and religious experience.


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