BEYOND MATTER - The things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal
The myth of Icarus evokes one of humanity’s most ancient dreams: the dream of flying. But it is also symbolic of the risks involved when we go beyond our physical limitations.
Against the advice of Daedalus, his father, Icarus flew too close to the sun, which melted the wax used to make his wings and he plunged to his death in the sea.
It is innate to want to expand our horizons, but our spirit of adventure and discovery can sometimes blind us to what is actually going on. Do we want to move forward carelessly, putting our very existence on the line?
We are living in times in which the boundaries of science and religion are becoming blurred: while physicists believe in what they cannot see – electrons and Quarks – religious leaders are using science to demonstrate evidence of the existence of God. In this issue, we want to explore a kind of advancement that doesn’t involve the physical but the intangible: trust between strangers, using our time to do something for others, inner growth and wisdom, sharing, dreaming, innovating, opening our eyes to a world that is as real as the one we can see and touch, but which we don’t often acknowledge.
When we do this, we are constructing a reality for ourselves and for others, a reality that trascends our own existence by leaving a legacy. As Teilhard de Chardin wrote, ‘We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.’
So whether we believe we have a soul or not, or if there is a God or not, let’s be aware that our passing through this world will leave a mark, that our life is as unique as our individuality – and consequently precious – and let’s reach as far and as deep as we can and use our energy to build things that will last.
Laura and Damian Santamaria