Theme: Enlightenment

The Way the World Works

In the analysis of reality,
both philosophical and theological,
vastly available to observation
is the world and mankind within it.
The tendency is to catalogue
both physical and metaphysical:
Plato and Aristotle set in motion
the trend of knowledge, the search
for objectivity, invading the reserve
of religion and its gods, finding there
an improvement in method, a shift
in perception of how things worked.
Science has generally sustained
the logic of observation to render fact;
in tradition and accumulated wisdom,
religion has steered alongside.
The outcome is that in science there is
discovery, but no love, and religion too
is too concerned with method to love;
both miss entirely the way the world
works, what started it all from nothing,
and sustains it, the formative affection,
so passionate it took the form of man,
and preached love, the way the world works.


More By  :  R. D. Ashby

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