Somewhere out there, a million miles from where you are sitting, there is a deep trench beneath an even deeper ocean. This great crevasse in the ocean’s floor has not seen sunlight for 400 million years, and as a result, the creatures that inhabit it have something called “bio-luminescence.” That means that they can light up, even though their bodies produce an extremely limited amount of energy.
Everywhere around us there are solutions to the great problems we are facing. It is science that will bring us closer to those answers. It is science that will redeem mankind of his exodus from paradise, by renewing paradise in the image of man, and thus in the image of God.
To use science to argue with God is futile. To use God to argue with science is even more futile. I’ve always believed that science and God can co-exist in harmony, because they are essentially means to the same end. If we ever reach a point in our existence that we understand God, then science will be there to explain him. If science played the piano, it would play classical.
There is wonder in everything. A beam of light, curiously made visible by a shroud of smoke, takes on a new life as a mystery – it transcends the mundane and becomes an unknowable force of the universe. Science can explain wave-harmonics with mathematical precision, but does not satisfy the question: what makes music sing?
God does not explain, he simply asks one to believe. He has no answers, just the irresistable sheen of an unsolvable mystery. If God played the piano, he would play jazz.
My honours presentation is officially scheduled for August 8th. That will be the last thing I do in my undergraduate career. Some might say… that I will walk out of that seminar room, and out into the world. But really… that’s stupid cause I’ve been in the world the whole time, and it’s just a fucking seminar room.
PS: Erin, I missed the fireworks on Saturday, as you predicted I might.