As was written last week, there is evidence of scientific thought in the Hebrew writings over 3000 years ago. The Greeks then became a centre of excellence in philosophy, geometry, medicine and architecture up until about 300 BC. In the western hemisphere it seems that not much happened until the Renaissance but the Chinese were busy inventing and building civilisations.
The second half of the last millennium saw huge developments in art, culture, music and scientific thought. It was also the time when there was a separation of the physical from the religious. This was probably an important stage to allow thought to develop outside of the rigid institution of the church. Unfortunately it has resulted in a mode of thought that favours rational over mystical, and reductionism over holistic thinking. Fortunately there has been a swing back towards a more healthy balance between the two modes of thinking, helped by the mysterious world of Quantum Mechanics and the revival and acceptance of herbal and Chinese medicine.
We now have a huge scientific industry, that unfortunately has moved beyond gathering of knowledge to seeking financial gain from whatever it learns. At the same time we have seen people who have tired of institutional religion moving to Eastern thought as a way to make sense of this world. Or they have embraced science itself as their belief system, believing that knowledge and technology will solve mankind’s problems.
And so where does that leave us? We must find our way in this increasingly technological world, and find meaning for its mysteries. I wish you well with that.