For the sheer fact that no one knows what I was thinking three minutes ago, I am certain we will never know exactly what Wade Michael Page was thinking during the recent Sikh temple shooting, when he opened fire August 5 in a Wisconsin Sikh temple killing six people and wounding three. Investigators are exploring possible links between Page and thoughts of white supremacy that may have led to the violent act, which resulted in a shootout with police, and Page ultimately shooting himself in the head, dead. Not surprisingly, it is impossible for me to think that just because the source of such a hideous act is now dead that I can breathe easier. Quite the opposite. If anything, the story triggered thoughts of weariness, vulnerability, and lament that push me to a breaking point. I either accept the tragedy or I accept a higher source of thoughts beyond the human mind.
Human thinking is capricious. To think we can solve problems with human thinking is as flighty, impulsive, and unreliable as human thinking itself. This is not to say we should stop thinking — far from it. Human thinking is like eating. We don’t stop eating because it makes us fat, but we can keep in mind the fact that eating doesn’t ultimately solve the unrelenting problems of life and death.
Religion and science try valiantly to explain life and death, but between miracles and tragedies, their explanations are under constant revision and modification. Ironically, most of the revisions are self-induced because both religion and science are as guilty as ever of tragedies — think terror and atomic bombs. On another note, it would be difficult to ignore the subtle proposition that religion and science provoke one another to breaking points — to improve their theories.
Basically, the spirit in religion, without science, becomes infested with superstition, or it presents a purist aspiration unable to meet practical needs. And as for the fields of science, I have a tendency to agree with Bruce Lipton, Ph.D. and author of The Biology of Belief: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter, and Miracles in which I read: “When Science turned away from Spirit, its mission dramatically changed. Instead of trying to understand the ‘natural order’ so that human beings can live in harmony with that order, Modern Science embarked on a goal of control and domination of Nature.”
Religion and science can probably agree that hate and insanity were behind Wade Michael Page’s behavior August 5. And gauging from the media, this is not being taken lightly. Empathy has a strong hold on society and another revision in thinking is being demanded. Could drugs have helped? Do we get rid of guns, or hate? Do we absorb constructive or destructive entertainment? In my own personal experience of studying Christian Science, a passage from Isaiah strikes conscience to explore answers with thoughts higher than the human mind. “’For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ says Yahweh. ‘For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.’” (Isa. 55: 8-9, The Pacific Bible)
A sincere desire for peace for the victim’s families pushes my human thinking to its limit and I discover a spiritual mindedness open to thoughts higher than my own. I admit a God that loves not only me but people of other faiths. I strive to be more aware. I try to rid myself of the misinterpretation that stresses the notion that evil is necessary or that some people are destined to torture.
I wasn’t too surprised when last evening I responded by going outside to find our new neighbor with her young toddler, standing at the edge of our property, 300 feet away. I walked to meet her. She and her child are staying at the rental house next door, alone, until her husband comes. I walked toward her. As mother met mother, the look on her face told me she was at her wits end. “David has been very cranky today,” she told me as she handed him to me before climbing over the rock wall as if she was running away from thoughts she didn’t want.
Any thinking human being could see a breaking point was near. The mother wasn’t so much scrambling through tall grass and over walls as she was scrambling for new thoughts because experience and even science and religion have proven that frustrated thinking leads to disappointing events. The venue of the Christian Science religion has enforced in me the power of love and so I struggled to pay attention to thoughts of patience and compassion instead of thoughts of my headache after working hard all day and meeting deadlines. My peaceful calming husband came outside and I left him to talk with the mother as I walked with David out in the field, picked up bird feathers, complimented David on his bellybutton he showed me, ate raspberries, and looked at kitties. After an hour or so, the mother was ready to go home. David had a smile on his face.
The government tracks hate groups for the purpose of saving society from tragedy, and have yet to perfect the quest. Scientists are tracking the thoughts of humans for the purpose of manipulating those thoughts to support well-being and have yet to perfect the quest. Religion tracks thoughts of God for the purpose of what? To defend its own beliefs? Or, to further discover a universal higher source that intertwines all people and faiths. I call this infinite source God or Divine Mind. A God that sees the whole picture is able to guide us through these breaking points that lead to a greater sense of peace concerning life and death.
Bio: Cheryl Petersen is a freelance writer and correspondent for The Delaware County Times. She and her husband raised two daughters plus fostered children for 15 years. They now live in upstate New York. Cheryl’s website is Healing Science Today and she blogs at Beliefnet. The 4th edition of Cheryl Petersen’s book, 21st Century Science and Health, has recently been released and can be found online.
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