the wonder of being

Or, as the late Joseph Campbell (1904 – 1987) would say “awe before the mystery of being”.

Consider this mystery for a moment.  Our pet cat is sitting behind me taking a bath (as we say when cats clean their fur with their course tongue).  This behavior is hard wired (instinctual) in the cat’s small mammalian brain.  Does the cat even “think” about it?  This behavior may be automatic to cats similar to how we humans often forget the actions of tying our shoe laces or washing our hands and do these “automatically” so to speak as we are not fully conscious of doing these.  (Animals do have a certain level of consciousness or sentience to be sure.  It is a pity that they, too, must suffer in the struggle which is life.)

My point is how wonderful and awe-inspiring much of the world around us truly is if we briefly step back and look at it.  We praise God for the beauty and mystery and majesty of His creation.  God’s handiwork is revealed to us in a lowly animal’s routine behavior.

 

 

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One thought on “the wonder of being

  1. Great thoughts, Larry. Just watching animals can teach us so much of the wonder and mystery, and those things of which we know so little.

    Like this…anyone who thinks that the speed of light is an absolute limit has never seen a Pit Bull faced with the prospect of a bath.

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