Foxes, Water Balloons, and a Defense of Spirituality

Being right isn’t the main thing

David Majister
ILLUMINATION

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From the moment we start school, we are trained to search out the right answer.

We are taught to look for proof and evidence and, in so doing, to uncover the truth.

In many fields of life — mathematics, science, accounting, engineering, and law — this is a vital skill. The foundations of our modern — material — world are built on this skill.

Just think of the level of engineering that’s gone into the screen on which you’re reading this. Such marvels of technology are possible because people are willing to seek out the right answer to difficult problems.

But when it comes to the deeper things of life, the things which give our lives meaning and purpose — the immaterial — this desire to be right is a hindrance.

The immaterial world — the spiritual, if you like — can’t be understood by a drive to be correct. When you search for evidence in the spiritual realm, the very thing you are looking for disappears.

As the 18th-century British poet William Blake put it:

He who binds himself to a joy
Does the winged life destroy

In other words: if you pin down a butterfly to capture the essence of its energy…

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David Majister
ILLUMINATION

10x top writer. World traveler (26 countries). Runner (1k+ miles). Meditator (9.5k minutes). Introvert. Wild swimmer. Story maker.