Where Science Meets Muse

Embracing the Mystery – Being More Human and More Creative

Posted by Plish on December 24, 2008

A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, and die gallantly.

Specialization is for insects.

Robert A. Heinlein from The Notebook of Lazarus Long
I found this quote while perusing this blog.  The reason I post it is that it hits on the amazing qualities that the human person has and is – grandiose and little known. 

It points out that the capacity for extraordinary human authenticity is not something foreign to us- it is part and parcel to our condition.  

Albert Einstein said:
The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.
He also said:
The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives.
To approach life with the wonder of a child, to embrace the mystery that surrounds us each day, is to be a human living to the fullest.  It is in this context of being a “wonder-seeker” that we become more fully creative,  more innovative,  and in a mysterious and wonderful way… even more loving. 

May you all have a wonderful Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, holiday season. 


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