The power of one

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I read with interest Nash Khatri’s letter “God and Science” (Dec. 21), concerning how to think of the oneness of God and the oxymoron the writer seems to see. The letter makes some sense if we think “one” (as in one God) in terms of logic. Logic, though, is that point of view drawn from the picture of reality as an object. Logic goes on to relate objects according to cause and effect. As useful and wonderful as this is, our experience is beyond and different than what only logic shows.

One, oneness, unity, within our experience have a meaning beyond the singleness of an object. For example, when our bodies are healthy, we experience the unity of wholeness and harmony. When our psyches are one, we have integration — our minds are at peace because no part is warring against another, and we “have” that value that unifies and gives sense to our lives. We can talk about one family, one community, one nation — these are not things, but more like the difficult work to bring unity, to bring peace.

One God then is not the oneness of an object, but a deep metaphor for the source. The one is a way to express the highest, and also to express the command to be healthy, moral, happy and whole. We creatures are drawn by the power of the one — so we strive to be the best we can.

Abraham Joshua Heschel said: “Plurality is incompatible with the sense of the ineffable.” For him the unity of God expresses also the power of God’s unity to unite with all things.

Science investigates its proper sphere — objectivity. So when we try to think toward the God, we should reconnect with our living experience and look in the direction the metaphors point. I thank Mr. Khatri for his thought-provoking letter.

ED FLEMING
Stanton Heights

 


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