HONESTY MONTH: DAY 24: “Reason is a whore, the greatest enemy that faith has; it never comes to the aid of spiritual things, but more frequently than not struggles against the divine Word, treating with contempt all that emanates from God.” ― Martin Luther
I cannot remember why I chose this quote when I did. Today it had a whole new feel for me than it has since I put them on a list.
First of all, when a man of great spiritual strength uses a word like whore, it always gets my attention. It would be better if it were one of MY favorite words, but I can go with that one.
Then, I love the idea of coming from the backside with reason and why it is so destructive of the spiritual search we all seem to be on.
I remember reading “Man’s Search for Meaning” in high school and knew that it was something spiritual and right. It filled my heart with love. I was searching so deeply at that time. Many of the things that are big parts of my life today began during that time. Why not? It was 1967 and 1968. There was a lot of awareness coming into our culture of things other than the Christian ethos that had permeated it since its inception.
I was thunderstruck when I first read some of the literature of Hindu and Buddhist traditions. I even studied Islam, because of Muhammed Ali. I was so in love with his strength in refusing to be a part of the war. I was no longer able to tolerate the hypocrisy of the culture we embrace with its focus on material life and the total lack of true spiritual motivation, which seems to be so strongly antithetical to a capitalist foundation.
We rely on science in many forms also. This is where reason truly steps into the conversation. There are many men of great minds who also embrace a spiritual path. Einstein is the one who has always stood out to me. His love of science and spirit, and the way his beliefs crossed into each of those arenas has always resonated with me.
I am not a fan of any particular fanatic when it comes to either science or spirit. They seem to be unable to balance the two. I am a Jungian therapist by nature because I see themes and stories as being the foundation we live our lives through. This is science. I love science, especially neurobiology and neuropathology. I wish I were 30 years younger and could deeply study these fields. The brain is brilliant and fascinating, because of what we discover inside.
Is this nature? Is this creation? Sometimes, but it is also the uncovering of what WE, as somewhat stupid humans, addicted to “something out there that can make our hearts and souls feel satisfied” do to the balance of the brain.
So, the marriage of science, or reason, and the spirit, for me, is a great thing. Either one alone destroys the other. Balance is the key, I believe.