Wonder

April 6th, 2018

Group Reading

“I

.” ~ Stephen Hawking

have lived with the prospect of an early death for the last 49 years. I’m not afraid of death, but I’m in no hurry to die. I

have so much I want to do first

One- When it’s over, I want to say all my life I was a bride married to amazement.
All- I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.
One- When it’s over, I don’t want to wonder if I have made of my life something particular, and real. All- I don’t want to find myself sighing and frightened, or full of argument.
One- I don’t want to end up simply having visited this world.” ~ Mary Oliver, When Death Comes

Quotes & Readings

“One can’t prove that God doesn’t exist. But science makes God unnecessary. … The laws of physics can explain the universe without the need for a creator. Because there is a law such as gravity, the universe can and will create itself from nothing. Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing, why the universe exists, why we exist. It is not necessary to invoke God to light the blue touch paper and set the universe going. I believe the simplest explanation is, there is no God. No one created the universe and no one directs our fate. This leads me to a profound realization that there probably is no heaven and no afterlife either. We have this one life to appreciate the grand design of the universe and for that, I am extremely grateful.” ~ Stephen Hawking

“I’m for mystery, not interpretive answers. … The answer is never the answer. What’s really interesting is the mystery. If you seek the mystery instead of the answer, you’ll always be seeking. I’ve never seen anybody really find the answer, but they think they have. So they stop thinking. But the job is to seek mystery, evoke mystery, plant a garden in which strange plants grow and mysteries bloom. The need for mystery is greater than the need for an answer.” ~ Ken Kesey

Seed of Wonder

“Look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious.” – Stephen Hawking

Say together:

Wisdom is the art of being courageous and generous with the unknown. My mind and heart are open to new ideas, new people, and new questions.

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