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LESSON from a MOTH

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Updated on Oct 11, 2023

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LESSON from a MOTH : A puzzling title to be sure ... Just HOW puzzling , we MAY SEE ... A life-size tree situated centrally on the 7 foot by 9.5 foot canvass . BELOW ... under the tree is THE MOTH , and the WORDS : NOTHING EXISTS EXCEPT ATOMS AND EMPTY SPACE EVERYTHING ELSE IS OPINION ... A puzzling statement to be sure !
IF anyone searches THIS statement

they will find that it is an HISTORICAL statement

approximately dating to 400 BC

attributed to DEMOCRITUS

A PRE SOCRATIC GREEK philosopher

NAMELY ... THE father of ATOMISM

HIS theory states that the universe is composed of ATOMS

HARD , INDIVISIBLE and therefore UNCUTTABLE particles of matter

moving through EMPTY SPACE .
THIS theory of the basic building blocks for the UNIVERSE ...

HAS proved to be far reaching and original ...

IT has proved to be influentail to subsequent philosophers

such as BARUCH SPINOZA

AND ALBERT EINSTEIN ...
SUCH illustrious company as these ...

certainly accounts for the physical description of the UNIVERSE at large ...

BUT what about the aspects of SPIRITUALITY ???

ALBERT EINSTEIN was a very spiritual scientist .

OF many quotes attributed to EINSTEIN ...

WAS the notion :

GOD does NOT play DICE with THE UNIVERSE ...
A great many of EINSTEINS peers would grumble ...

HOW do you KNOW what GOD does ????

What THEY MEANT to say was :

HOW do you KNOW there IS A GOD ... at all ???

WE do NOT know ... NOR can WE !

THIS cannot BE KNOWN , in the scientific ... empirical manner !

YET much of the world is THEISTIC ... believing in a GOD ...

INCLUDING EINSTEIN ...
BARUCH SPINOZA postulated that we are actively living the aftermath of CREATION ...

GOD is ALL around US ... constantly ...

AND so outside the realm of mere empirical evidence ...

EINSTEIN would agree , the inherent beauty and logic of the UNIVERSE IS GOD ...
FOR those of US who have a FAITH ...

A physical description of the UNIVERSE is NOT enough ...

WE want to know WHY ?

WHY something rather than NOTHING ???

THE BIG BANG tells US that there was a CREATION ...
SCIENCE and GOD are NOT exclusive ... YET possibly complimentary and synergistic . FAITH may BE BEHOLDEN ... THANK YOU for visiting G . SCOTT LAMANNA LOST IN THOUGHT GALLERY
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