Always, is a word that you don’t hear much in our materialistic world – unless it’s in fairy tales. Is that because there are no absolute truths, or is it that we just don’t yet understand them as real?
In the movie A Beautiful Mind, Russell Crow`s character – the real life mathematics professor John Nash – wonders if he’d reached some kind of honesty bordering on stupidity, after learning he had won the 1994 Nobel Prize in Economics.
Such are our feelings of humility – even among those of overwhelming genius – who, having ploughed new ground before us, beckon us to follow in their wake and forge new ground of our own. We can follow in their “footprints on the sands of time,” as the poet Longfellow stated in A Psalm of Life.
I guess that’s why English physicist Sir Isaac Newton reminded us that he stood on the “shoulders of giants”—meaning, all those who went before him. It is the same for us, too. For example, now that Einstein’s theories have been proven to be true, our real task is to deal with the various complexities of those profound facts.
The tools are there; we just have to use them rather than feeling we have to paint the Sistine Chapel with a crayon.
Professor Nash`s theory of Governing Dynamics, for example, could prove to be an antidote to these recessionary times. It has challenged 150 years of international economic theory. Whereas Adam Smith said that the best result comes from everyone in the group doing what’s best for them, Nash said that that was incomplete and that the best result comes from doing what’s best for oneself and the group. This ground-breaking resolution concept has influenced everything from global trade negotiations to labour relations.
Imagine that: countries and competitive global institutions actually working together – rather than competing with each other – for the benefit of all.
Similar to a ‘win-win’ situation, it’s a matter of trust among everyone … trust that leads from the heart … of which Professor Nash concludes that, “It is only in the mysterious equations of the heart, that any logic or reasons can be found.”
And, T.S. Eliot advised that, “the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.”
Does this mean that I should believe in the God-given characteristics that flow from the heart? Characteristics like respect, honesty, caring, generosity, courage, justice, mercy, self-worth, humility, responsibility, acceptance, peace; and most importantly eternal love?
Yes … now and for always.