The entire Universe and everything in it is a miracle. You are a miracle. Me, too. Every day, every breath, every heart beat everywhere and everywhen.
Miracle comes from the Latin miraculum – a wonder, marvel or to wonder at. Here’s a modern definition of miracle: “A surprising and welcome event that is not explicable by natural or scientific laws and is therefore considered to be divine.”
“not explicable by natural or scientific laws. . .” As I have learned more and more about natural and scientific laws, I realize they are mostly theories, not laws – and, that the old theories are not in such good shape these days. See my previous post where I present an overview of Science Set Free by Rupert Sheldrake.
So, the more I realize that not much can be explained by scientific laws, I realize most everything is a miracle. At least for today. Maybe tomorrow someone will make a solid scientific discovery that will be able to explain mind, thought, intuition, emotion, intelligence, consciousness, love, joy, gravity, dark matter, dark energy, astrology, psychic abilities, the big bang.
I really didn’t know what dark matter and dark energy are. Turns out I’m not alone. This from the NASA site:
“More is unknown than is known. We know how much dark energy there is because we know how it affects the Universe’s expansion. Other than that, it is a complete mystery. But it is an important mystery. It turns out that roughly 68% of the Universe is dark energy. Dark matter makes up about 27%. The rest – everything on Earth, everything ever observed with all of our instruments, all normal matter – adds up to less than 5% of the Universe. Come to think of it, maybe it shouldn’t be called ‘normal’ matter at all, since it is such a small fraction of the Universe.”
So, there you go! Miracles all around – at least 95% of the Universe – not explicable. And, of the 5% that is called normal matter – lots of that isn’t explicable, either. Miracles everywhere.
Miracle: “A surprising and welcome event . . . .considered to be divine.” We all define the divine in our own way. For me its love, as a state of being. To a scientists it may be things unexplainable. To a religious person it may be god.
When you get right down to it, it really doesn’t matter how we conceive of the divine – unless we want to fight over the definition and kill each other – what matters is we live in a miracle. So, let’s consider living and exploring that miracle, rather than spending so much time trying to fit the mystery into the known.