A Meditation on Life: Wonder

Beware any person, creed, or enterprise that suggests that there is something wrong with me for asking why.

They are hiding something…
… from others for sure… and possibly even from themselves.

I am always entitled to ask why… of anyone… about anything… although doing so may be a threat to the status quo and therefore entails some very real risks.

Wanting to know is not the sin of pride…
… as long as my curiosity is sincere
… detached from ulterior motives… welcoming both my skepticism and my credulity with sufficient force that they keep each other honest… earnest enough to challenge my own values, beliefs, and behaviors with the same vigor that I challenge the values, beliefs, and behaviors of others… courageous enough to accept an answer that does not fulfill my wishes… and ever-open to revision as new argument and experience require.

How can such inquiry, guided by love and logic, not inoculate me against both blind acceptance of falsehood and blind rejection of reality?

How can such an inquiry not be in the vital interest of all living creatures… now and for all time to come?

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Frank J Peter View All →

A uniquely burdened and blessed citizen of the world thinking and acting out loud!

2 Comments Leave a comment

  1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, John, and for the resonance and appreciation for my writing. It’s nice to know that someone recognizes and values the effort I invest in being as pointed and concise as i can be. All the best, man.


  2. Another great post. I don’t think that there’s anywhere in the Bible where God says, “Don’t question me!” (Though I could be wrong, it just doesn’t “fit” that He would…What would He have to hide f I’m us?) I’m quite in agreement with you that anyone who refuses to answer sincere questions is most likely hiding something that they don’t want us to know. Anyway, great post. You pack a lot into a short amount of writing!


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