As William Blake notably observed, “If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.”
And the young philosophers in my class are learning from their studies of aspects of infinity, subatomic particle physics and modern medical discovery, that we are quickly headed into a time when death and dying will be no more. Life, itself, may become infinite.
Neurosurgeon, Dr. Joseph Strout, recently observed that, “The only things you can be sure of are death and taxes, but don’t be too sure about death.”
So it is becoming important, in this moment and not so late that time can become irrelevant or subservient to a newly defined reality, to ask truly important questions. And our children have posed some that are significant.
Will love prevail? Will our capacity to love expand to fill the expansive void of the Universe? What will indefinite living be for, if not for love? Can we foresee an infinite trace in time filled without our enduring love? And ultimately, what will we and the depths of our compassion for one another evolve into being? Can a life unending resolve itself into anything other than what dwells within?
The future poses challenges beyond anything you or I can imagine or comprehend. And we must prepare our children, and their children’s children, with the insight and the courage to cherish life enough to love beyond the self and far, far beyond tomorrow.
In the narrow focus of our brief existence we cannot fathom the responsibility that is ours. We will never be privileged to know.
Joe Henry beautifully unfolded our hope for the dawn of a new day for mankind in lyrics interpreted by John Denver, “And the Spirit fills the darkness of the Heavens. It fills the endless yearning of the soul. It lives within a star too far to greet us. It lives within each heart and is the hope. It’s the fire and the wings that fly us home.”
And another insightful artist paves the way for the legacy we weave in the tapestry of life beyond:
“If I create from the heart, nearly everything works,
if I create from the head, almost nothing.
– Marc Chagall
we will meet at 10:00 a.m. at the EAST entrance of the FORT WORTH ZOO, 1989 COLONIAL PARKWAY (817-759-7500).
Pick up will be at the EAST Entrance at 2:30 p.m.
Please Note: Uniform pants with a belt, & RED monogrammed school shirts are required. PARENTS / GUARDIANS / FRIENDS are always invited to participate on our trips. Comfortable shoes are highly recommended. Please dress for the weather.
Adults (13+) $12.00/Children (3-12) $9.00 (2 & under) Free/Seniors (65+) $9.00 Please pay at the ZOO.
Parking $ 5.00 per vehicle, cash only.
Please be on time or the Lions will growl.
Gift Shops: Yes. Lunch: Yes (please provide funds)
April 30 – Scarborough Renaissance Festival
May1 – Tuition Due for 2013-14
May 6 &7 (Mon. & Tues.) – Shakespeare at the Sanders Theater May 21 – 24 Adventure Trip
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