from The Universe is a Green Dragon By Brian Swimme, Ph.D.
THOMAS: ...The great wonder is that this empirical, rational journey of science should have any contract at all with spiritual traditions. But in our century, the mechanistic period of science opened out to include a science of mystery: the encounter with the ultimacy of no-thing-ness that is simultaneously a realm of generative potentiality; the dawning recognition that the universe and Earth can be considered as living entities; the awareness that the human person, rather than a separate unit with the world, is the culminating presence of a billion-year process; and the realization that, rather than having a universe filled with things, we are enveloped by a universe that is a single energetic event, a whole, a unified, multiform, and glorious outpouring of being. We do not want to forget that the division between science and religion has created sufferings of all kinds. We have paid a tremendous price to establish scientific activity, and only by remembering the suffering that this schizophrenic situation created can we celebrate the present. We have a vast new empirically grounded story of the universe, one that explodes beyond any previous telling of reality, one that encompasses all peoples because it is rooted in concrete experience. Within this emerging story we can continue our journey to our fullest destiny. YOUTH: What is our fullest Destiny? THOMAS: To become love in human form. YOUTH: Love? I thought we were talking about science and religion. And emptiness. THOMAS: Yes, that's right. The journey out of emptiness is the creation of love. YOUTH: I'm confused. THOMAS: By what exactly? YOUTH: Well, by love. What do you mean by love....
Sufism: An Inquiry Vol XVI, No. 1