A knowledge of the existence of something we cannot penetrate, of the manifestations of the profoundest reason and the most radiant beauty, which are only accessible to our reason in their most elementary forms — it is this knowledge and this emotion that constitute the truly religious attitude; in this sense, and in this alone, I am a deeply religious man.
Albert Einstein, 1949, The World as I See It
People have asked what I hope to accomplish in writing this blog. My goal is to give voice to a philosophy that there is a larger spiritual meaning to existence; that control over our universal reality is impossible; that belief in something greater than ourselves is our only true grounding. We can create objects and buildings that we see as beautiful, yet the splendor of universal energy reminds us that we and our creations are no more than a temporal speck in the vastness of reality.
I am reminded of a diary entry I made over a year ago. In the entry I saw my journey as that of the pilot of a small sailboat far out at sea. I have some control over direction, but no control over the drift of the water or the direction and power of the wind. I must tack to head into the wind, but can steer directly when moving with its energy. Yet all of this time the sail is redirecting the wind direction and speed in a minuscule manner. Small eddies of ether spill off of the sail and are left behind as I move forward. These eddies diminish with time, but join the eddies of countless other sails and begin to have an effect on the weather system as a whole. They combine with the energies existing long before sails, and become a new elemental reality.
The point of this blog is to create a ripple.