I’ve just dived into Alan Lightman’s new book, which begins by describing a transcendent experience on a starry night off the coast of Maine. You can find winks of this feeling everywhere – walking by the ocean, meeting the gaze of a newborn baby, hearing a chorus in harmony, leaning against a redwood…. Lightman’s goal is to embrace this feeling of transcendence while also embracing science.
We live in such an either/or world. Would you like to be athletic or brainy? Smart or kind? Spiritual or scientific?
Dear Honeybees, the next time we are faced with a ridiculous choice, let’s pick “and” instead.
* Right, those are snowflakes and not stars… because it’s April in Massachusetts.