I am just fascinated the more and more I study various sciences, how magnificent and amazing the human body and the environmental Earth are and how its creation are utterly a miracle. There are so many things happening spontaneously and rhythmically within the human body 24 hours a day that are not consciously thought about and just happen on their own. Of course, they aren’t really happening on their own. In chemistry, we learn about protons, neutrons, and electrons that shift and bond depending upon attraction or other environmental stimuli that impact energy and matter.
These tiny little pieces of energy are not visible to our naked eye and yet, go into every aspect of what human beings do and say within a day. Our body is having an infinite number of chemical reactions that are taking place each second that we are living and we don’t even take notice of these. The miracle of just these chemical reactions brings me a sense of awe. I was reading today about the making of salt and just shaking my head back and forth thinking about this fact. Sodium and chloride by themselves are very different substances compared to when they are together. Sodium is a silvery white metal and chlorine is a poisonous gas used to make bleach, but when an attraction takes place between these two items it becomes a main ingredient within the human body that without it there cannot be tissue perfusion or normal cellular metabolism. Without salt, the human body can cease to exist.
The more I read and understand about science, the more I realize the unique balance that is needed for human beings and this Earth to coexist. I homeschool my children and it is amazing to go through school curriculum and learn about watersheds, soil types, tectonic plates, the universe, planets, the solar system, the environment, pollutants, etc. The responsibility that humans were given by God to not only care for themselves, but to care for this amazing and complex Earth is just astounding. The role of science and its missionaries cannot be underestimated. I know this is such a strange way to use the term missionaries, but aren’t we all missionaries to our own bodies, each other, and the Earth? I was listening to someone speak about how divided our nation is right now. They made a very dire statement that America and its people have not been this divided since the Civil War in 1861.
I have always believed that faith and education can bring a balance to individuals and this Earth, but like salt if those two elements don’t work together to create a bond they can be poisonous or exist as some flashy metal. My reading of scripture doesn’t often coincide with someone else’s reading of scripture because history and science play a role in how I tend to interpret scripture. Wouldn’t it be an amazing world to be able to talk about people’s interpretations of scripture in an open and evolving method that doesn’t consist of one person telling another person that their interpretation was wrong? Ultimately, I think God (or whatever you choose to call this ultimate energy) gave us a world that we cannot live in without working together and showing compassion for each other’s lives and experiences. I think when we try to direct each other to live a certain way because that’s how “we” process our experiences, we are taking away from God’s amazing pathways that were set about when the universe was created.
I think individual human judgment is one of the scariest and destructive ways that we can do harm to our neighbors next door that might look a little different from us or pray a little differently. I think we have forgotten how to talk to one another and even how to talk to ourselves in this high speed world of ours. Whatever the mode or method, we’ve got to bring balance back not only to ourselves, but to how we view others and how we interact. Love and compassion can be so extremely difficult when you are trying to change yourself and change how you interact with someone. When that other person or persons does not choose love and compassion as a way to interact with you, it can be exhausting and defeating, but I don’t feel like we can give up.
I think each of us human beings was born or chose to be born in this particular time period to help bring us all together and to look honestly and courageously at ourselves, our behaviors, and at the way that we are treating this Earth. We have to be able to look at each other and see each other’s gifts and not deficits. We need every single one of us to understand the complexities of ourselves, our bodies, and this beautiful gorgeous planet to move forward. Each day I rise and am given a new chance to choose love and compassion. I don’t always succeed, but I need to try and I hope you can too. We need to tell each other, I love you more. I see you. I may not know you, but I am open to knowing you, helping you, and loving you because that’s what we were brought here to do.