is a state of being founded in compassion that enables us to better
reflect and enjoy harmony with our constantly changing universe. This
state of being enables the development of the arts, language, civics and
all that is civilisation.
In compassion reside the requisites for the experience of science:
Collegiality openness and sharing
Honesty and trust
Generosity of time and reflection
If any of these requisites do not exist then the
state of science ceases. In other words, without compassion we
experience the state of non-science.
Denial of stewardship/change is endemic in European
culture around the planet and is spreading. It is manifest in the use of
the science symbol by which it is associated with a way of
thinking and by which knowledge is dissociated with stewardship. The
effects of this use are our profoundly wasteful and unsustainable uses
of technology and the resources of Earth.
This modern unsustainable use of the science
symbol derives from the 16th Century belief of Descartes,
which states, “I think, therefore I am”. This enables the denial of
stewardship, for science is defined as a separate body of knowledge
(science) that is the domain of a tiny elite of human beings
(scientists) who practice a certain way of thinking (science). It is
devoid of morality.
The denial resides in the fact that humans are
reflective beings – our brains are laced with sophisticated mirror
neuron systems – and we are capable of ingenious self-deceit. Our
actions are our ultimate symbol. Thinking is a vital and trace element
of our psyche, and it is our actions that are the most material. It is
more useful to state,” I act, therefore I am”. In that statement is
greater acceptance of change.
In acceptance of stewardship/change the science
symbol is a associated with a state of being that transcends thinking or
any body of knowledge. All conscious humans are born into this state of
being – we are all scientists to some degree, even as we are also
non-scientists. It is thus non-science to symbolise a select group of
people as “scientists” or to talk of a “scientific community”.
Know science is a state of being in which all the
requisites inherent in compassion exist. Thus our children can enjoy and
conserve the fuller potential of the state science that resides in each
of them. Thus the arts, language, civics and all that enables
civilisation will thrive.
[Middle English, knowledge, learning, from Old
French, from Latin scientia,
scient-, present participle of sc
re, to know; see skei- in Indo-European roots.]
the rewards of being a conservator of the potential of our greatest
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