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Structure and essence: The
keys to integrating spirituality and science
Copyright © 2001 Paul P. Budnik Jr. All rights
Dolphin playing with a leaf.
Our technical capabilities are increasing at an enormous and
unprecedented rate. In contrast our spirituality and values are
developing much more slowly. This has created a perilous time and
often empty culture. We need a broadly accepted spirituality that
gives purpose and meaning beyond the necessities of daily
existence. Our scientific understanding has undermined many
conventional approaches to spirituality at the very time we most
need to strengthen these capacities. The source of the difficulty
may hold the key to the solution.
Science is widely accepted because it works. It looks at the
world as it is searching for the simplest possible description.
Discovery of simple descriptive laws has led to enormous power to
control the phenomena the laws describe feeding our technical
prowess. It was only possible to do this by divorcing science from
feeling and values so one could see what is and not what one wants