Thursday, December 6, 2012

how does it scale?

ah, yes. now i know more about new thought in physics. i have tried to understand some of the connections between the quantum world of the small things that seem to constitute our universe, and the large things that go bump in the night. this is where the rub comes.

at least i am not the only one who finds this difficult, although whether that is consoling or not i haven't decided.

i am closing out my look at the new (understanding) of creation with one of bede griffiths' last books, a new vision of reality (springfield, illinois: temple gate publishers, 1989). a quote from dom griffiths is perhaps helpful:

'. . . in physics . . . the whole is in some way present in every part and, further, . . . every part is interconnected with every other part.' (p. 17)

he concludes with a simple but helpful reiteration of the revelation of the holy trinity that is at the heart of christianity, phrased in language borrowed from classical physics:

'in christian understanding [the] absolute ground of being from which the whole universe  comes into being is known as the father, the one, the source, the godhead.  . . . from this ground, from this source, there springs a word, a wisdom, an image of the godhead, and that is [the] cosmic person, who reveals the father, the source. in that cosmic person, in the word or son, all the archetypes of all created beings are contained.  . . . we also speak of the spirit, understanding that from the original ground there springs the spirit which is uncreated energy. as the word or son is the source of all form in nature, so the spirit is the source of all energy.' pp. 269-270.

as st. james says, 'every . . . gift is from above, and comes down from the father of lights . . . .'

st. paul recognized our interconnectedness:
'there is neither jew nor greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in christ jesus.'

and of course jesus, whom dom griffiths described as the cosmic person in whom the archetypes of all created beings are contained,   insisted on the identity of all beings at any scale:'inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.'